Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani attended a news conference on Sunday morning to address Iran’s nuclear deal with the West.
"It is said in the agreement that starting today, all the UN, US, and EU sanctions will be lifted,” asserted Rouhani, adding "which will take place step by step.”
The president said "Others like it or not, the institution of sanctions will be shattered with agreements, a process which began last night.”
He added that some of the banking sanctions will be lifted with the accord signed last night, and that the rest will not grow any further.
Pointing to the six-month term of agreement, he said "These six months will be the start for a new experience for the Iranian nation. If the other side closely adhere to the agreement, Iran will do the same, the result of which will be to start the final, comprehensive talks. The preliminary agreement concerned the nuclear sphere. We are happy that after ten years, an agreement was made between Iran and the great powers at such level, however preliminary and for a six-month term.”
He asserted that the next talks can turn into a final step for agreements and maintained that Iran is determined in pursuing the negotiations.
"The nation of Iran is not looking for weapons. After the final agreement we will not have anybody saying ‘we prevented Iran from gaining access to nuclear weapons.’ That would be one of those hilarious, historic jokes. We have never been after weapons,” he emphasized.
Rouhani added that Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization will continue its uranium enrichment as agreed.