Iranian FM: Sanctions to be eased as of today
Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.3 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Sanctions imposed on Iran will be eased gradually as of today, IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as saying.
Under proper policies taken by the country's diplomatic system, the sanctions will be removed gradually, he said.
Enemies claimed last year that the sanctions would be crippling, but they have confessed that the sanctions have not been very effective, he noted.
Iran and P5+1 held nuclear talks in Almaty last week. Both Iran and P5+1 members called negotiations as "positive".
A senior U.S. official told AP anonymously the major powers' proposals to Iran would allow the country to keep a limited amount of highly enriched uranium, but not to make anymore stops short of demanding the full shutdown of an underground nuclear facility and offers to remove some trade sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy.
Iranian officials recognise these proposals as 'a victory, a turning point by world powers and constructive'.
At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran's oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.
U.S. sanctions entered into force on June 28, while EU bans on Iranian oil imports came into force on July 1.
In October, the EU approved another major package of economic sanctions on Iran.