The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers, triggering sanctions relief.
“[The report] was issued after Agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) to enable Implementation Day to occur,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. “This paves the way for the IAEA to begin verifying and monitoring Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the agreement.”
Upon receipt of the IAEA report, the United States and the European Union both announced that it had lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. Other countries such as Russia and China are expected to follow in lifting nuclear-related sanctions. Other sanctions not related to Iran’s nuclear program are not affected by Saturday’s announcement.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed the IAEA’s report on his Twitter account, which is maintained by people close to him. “I thank God for this blessing and bow to the greatness of the patient nation of Iran. Congrats on this glorious victory!”, the president said.
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