Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 8
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran turned threats into opportunity via the nuclear deal, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said.
He made the remarks addressing a ceremony to commend the officials involved in the implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka nuclear deal), as well as the families of the killed Iranian nuclear scientists, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported Feb. 8.
Iran and the P5+1 group (the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) implemented the JCPOA on Jan. 16, which eliminated sanctions on the country, including the restrictions over banking sector, releasing blocked assets abroad, etc.
During the event, Rouhani further said his administration acted in line with guidelines of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the nuclear talks.
"The Islamic Republic owes its achievements to the leader's guidelines," he added.
Rouhani also said that in the post-sanctions period, Iran will import not only goods, but also foreign investment and technology.
The Iranian president remarked that Tehran eyes to gain new markets via cooperation with foreign partners.
Rouhani also awarded Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with the Medal of Honor, while head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and the minister of defense, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan were awarded with the medals of valor during the ceremony.
During his electoral campaign in 2013, Rouhani promised to improve the country's economic situation by settling the controversial nuclear issue.