Ayatollah Khamenei praises Iran-Sextet nuclear deal
Press TV -(Sun Nov 24, 2013) Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed the nuclear deal sealed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
Ayatollah Khamenei on Sunday thanked Iran’s negotiating team, describing their achievement as “praiseworthy.”
In response to President Hassan Rouhani’s congratulatory message, the Leader said the achievement could serve as a “basis for future prudent measures.”
Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Iranian negotiators to continue to resist any excessive demands in the future.
In a televised message to the Iranian people, Rouhani also hailed the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the Sextet, saying that a final comprehensive agreement will lead to the removal of all international and unilateral sanctions imposed against Iran.
After more than four days of intensive negotiations, Iran and the Sextet – the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany – sealed an interim deal in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday.
The agreement paves the way for final resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
In the deal, the Sextet has agreed to several measures including enabling the repatriation of an agreed amount of Iranian revenues held abroad and suspending the EU and US sanctions on insurance and transportation of Iran’s crude.
The EU and US sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical export, gold and precious metals and auto industry as well as the supply of spare parts for the Iranian airplanes would also be suspended.
Furthermore, no new sanctions will be imposed against Iran by the UN Security Council, the EU or US.
In return, Iran undertakes measures including capping uranium enrichment to five percent for the duration of six months as stipulated in the agreement. Tehran has also agreed not to advance activities at Natanz, Fordow and Arak facilities and to allow more inspections of its nuclear facilities and further increase its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency as part of confidence-building measures.