Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4
By Saeed Isayev - Trend:
The final solution on Iran's nuclear program with P5+1 implies that all sanctions on the country will go off, Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, Press TV reported on Feb. 4.
Zarif made the remarks during the joint conference with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in Tehran.
"In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, we mostly talked about negotiations on nuclear deal and comprehensive agreement," Zarif said about his earlier talks. "Kerry said the U.S. is committed to pursuing the case. And this case has to come to a conclusion," Zarif said.
Iran's FM went on to note that Kerry said there are people in the U.S. that are worried about the nuclear agreement making the sanctions on Iran fall apart.
"They are concerned, we can see that. But the sanctions were illegal from day one," Zarif said. 'The fact is that further pessimism towards Iran and more sanctions will not help. The U.S. needs to change its approach, and be looking for a solution, not to pressure Iran, as it will not be fruitful."
"There are specific texts that both sides of the negotiations have agreed on, and we need to stick to them" Zarif said. "Today we execute a common agreement titled "Joint action plan", and after it we''ve made some more agreements on implementing this plan."
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in his turn said that there are different views on Iran in different countries, and on the nuclear deal as well.
"Some say that Iran was given too many concessions, there's a vigorous debate going on," Bildt said. "Everything should concentrate on P5+1 group and seek fair, balanced and comprehensive deal. This is the duty of diplomats to do the right thing despite voices that go towards other policies."
It should be noted that Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.