Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Iranophobia project has fallen flat and those trying to present a bad image of Iran to obtain their illegitimate goals are really worried in the wake of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six major world powers in the Swiss city of Geneva.
In an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network on Monday evening, Zarif said Tel Aviv has called the Geneva agreement the “deal of the century” and now Iran’s enemies are doing their best to stop its implementation.
The Iranian foreign minister further noted that the measures in the deal are voluntary and of course reversible.
He added that negotiations do not prove that sanctions are legal, stressing that Iran has always branded the sanctions as unlawful.
The top Iranian diplomat added the deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany states that Tehran will continue the enrichment, but its level can be discussed.
Zarif said this was the first time that the West recognized Iran’s nuclear right and respected that as an inalienable right.
He also noted that the Iranian nation feels that the West is exercising double standards vis-à-vis their country since Israel, which itself possesses nuclear weapons, is seeking to prevent Iranians from the civilian applications of the nuclear energy.
Iran and the six major world powers sealed the interim deal in Geneva on Sunday morning to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the United States and its allies have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions and let Tehran reap as much as $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions over six months.
The Geneva accord would temporarily lift White House executive orders of July 2012 and June 2013 that imposed penalties on countries that trade petrochemicals with Iran.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the deal allows Iran to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran within the next six months because of its nuclear energy program.
Zarif said on Sunday that Iran’s right to uranium enrichment is enshrined in the nuclear agreement with the Sextet.