Sanctions removal not enough for economic improvement – Khamenei (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 19
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that lifting international sanctions on his country is not enough for improvement of economic condition in the country.
Khamenei made the remarks in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani on Jan. 19, posted on his official website.
Earlier, Rouhani in a letter to Khamenei, which was published Jan. 18, provided details on the recent implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, and briefed him on achievements on the deal.
Answering to Rouhani's letter, Khamenei expressed satisfaction with the removal of international sanctions against Iran.
Khamenei also underlined that removal of sanctions was a result of the Iranian people's resistance.
On January 16, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were lifted according to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA aka nuclear deal) between Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany). The 12-year-old sanctions had stifled the country's economy.
Khamenei further wrote in his letter that Iranian officials should take care that the counter party completely fulfils its obligations.
He also called on the Iranian officials to be vigilant about the "deceit and treachery" of "arrogant countries," in particular the US, in the nuclear case and other issues.