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Iran will start implementing nuclear agreement in weeks: Zarif

Zarif's team was acclaimed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Written by Reuters | Dubai |
November 26, 2013 1:46:40 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday his country would begin implementing a nuclear agreement struck with world powers in the next few weeks,as hundreds of supporters welcomed him and his negotiating team home. Meanwhile,on Monday,France’s foreign minister said sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December. “In the coming weeks – by the end of the Christian year – we will begin the programme for the first phase,” Zarif said in a live interview at the airport.

“At the same time,we are prepared to begin negotiations for a final resolution as of tomorrow.”

Crowds gathered at Mehrabad airport on Sunday evening local time,hailing Zarif as a hero and holding flags and flowers. “No war,no sanctions,no insults and no submission,” they chanted.

Some held aloft posters of President Hassan Rouhani,the architect of Iran’s initiative in striking a nuclear deal.

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The deal,announced Sunday,envisages lifting some of the sanctions that have been crippling the country’s economy.

“A Europe-wide decision is necessary’’ to ease EU sanctions on Iran,French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio. “That’s expected in several weeks,for a partial lifting that is targeted,reversible.’’ On Sunday,Zarif’s team was acclaimed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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