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Iran nuclear sanctions 'will be lifted today': foreign minister Zarif

AFP | 2016-01-16 12:02:11.0
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives to the final plenary meeting at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender".
Image by: AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOE KLAMAR

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said nuclear-related sanctions on his country would be lifted Saturday, telling reporters in Vienna it "was a good day for the world".

"It's also a good day for the region," he said after arriving in Austria's capital, according to the ISNA news agency.

"Today is a good day for the people of Iran and the sanctions will be lifted today," said Zarif.

"As diplomatic sources said the UN nuclear watchdog would likely say Iran had complied with last July's landmark agreement with world powers on Tehran's atomic programme.

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