Australia taking actions to lift Iran bans

Australia announced on Thursday that it is taking necessary legal actions to lift sanctions imposed on Iran in line with the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was reached between Iran and the P5+1 in July. 

Peter Varghese, the secretary of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told Iran’s Ambassador to Canberra Abdolhossein Vahaji that his country supports the implementation of the JCPOA.

He also emphasized that Australia’s Foreign Ministry is not satisfied with the current level of ties and is seeking enhanced ties with Iran.

The two officials discussed avenues for broadening economic relations and underlined exchanging political and commercial delegations between the two countries, IRNA reported.

Accordingly, Ambassador Vahaji briefed Varghese on the measures that Iran has taken with regards to its commitments toward the JCPOA and called on the Australian government to help accelerate the process of lifting the sanctions against Iran.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany – after marathon talks in July.

Based on this agreement, Iran would limit certain aspects of its nuclear energy activities in return for the removal of certain economic sanctions against the country.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – that checks the compliance of Iran’s measures in limiting its nuclear energy activities with what it agreed with P5+1 in JCPOA – has already announced that Iran has lived up to its commitments.

Tehran has accordingly used this and said the ball is now in the court of the P5+1 to implement its own share of pledges in the deal and move toward the removal of the sanctions.

No exact date has yet been set for this but some member countries of the P5+1 have already said the lifting of the sanctions could occur in early 2016.

By Press TV