Sanctions removal not simultaneous with UN resolutions annulment - Iran's FM
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 5
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that there is a difference between lifting the international sanctions on Iran and undoing UN resolutions on the country.
The UN Security Council's sanctions will be annulled by signing the final nuclear agreement, but the sanctions will be lifted through enacting that agreement and the measures the sides will take, which means that these two are not simultaneous, Zarif told the Iranian state TV on April 4.
He further said that the framework agreement among Iran and the P 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) as a result of Lausanne talks is only a draft and would undergo changes in order to turn into a final deal.
"We discussed the approaches," the foreign minister said. "But the approaches we discussed are in the form of a draft, containing parentheses and a subject of disagreements which must be changed. We would have had something as an agreement."
In the meantime, he accused US officials of distorting the content of the agreement in their formal statements. He said that Tehran and the EU have formally protested the distortions.
Iran and the six powers announced that they had reached a political understanding over Tehran's nuclear program on April 2.
The sides intend to strike a comprehensive final agreement by July 1, which would limit Iran's nuclear activities and also lift international sanctions on the country's economy.