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Nuclear deal to strengthen Iran’s position in region — president Rouhani

July 22, 2015, 17:35 UTC+3 TEHRAN
However, it will happen not to the detriment of neighboring countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani


TEHRAN, July 22. /TASS/. Implementation of agreement on nuclear program and lifting of sanctions will improve Iran’s position in the region, but will not be detrimental to other countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a governmental session on Wednesday.

"Without any doubt, the implementation of the agreement [on Tehran’s nuclear program] will strengthen Iran’s influence in the region, but it will happen not to the detriment of neighboring countries," Rouhani said. "This is a misconception that Iran will meddle into other countries’ internal affairs if it becomes stronger. We are confident that interference into other countries’ affairs is unacceptable and that every nation should solve their destiny on their own," Rouhani stressed. "Of course, we will defend the oppressed and will counter the terrorist threat in the region and in the world, and we will use our power for that," he said.

The president also stressed that the "unprecedented resolution" adopted by UN Security Council on Iran’s nuclear program granted the Joint Action Plan the status of international law, finally secured Tehran’s right for a peaceful nuclear program and "destroyed the regime of unfair sanctions."

"Some people say that the deal on nuclear program increases to one year the period required for Iran to make an atomic bomb. It is amusing to hear such things because Iran never possessed any weapons of mass destruction. It contradicts the fatwa — religious ruling — issued by the Supreme Leader of Iran," Rouhani said.

On Monday, the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted the resolution in support of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. According to the document, all international sanctions will be lifted from Iran in 10 years if Tehran fulfills all conditions agreed with P5+1 group of international mediators (five permanent members of UN Security Council and Germany) in Vienna.

The resolution also envisages easing sanctions against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submits a report confirming Tehran’s compliance with the terms of the deal. The UN Security Council also reinforced the mechanism of returning all restrictions in case Iran violates the terms of the agreement.

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