European union, United States lift sanctions targeting Iran

The European Union and the United States announce they are lifting economic sanctions that have long isolated Iran as a long-sought deal to settle the conflict over Tehran's nuclear programme comes into effect.

EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State John Kerry announce the steps in Vienna after international nuclear inspectors said Iran had fulfilled its side of the July 2014 agreement by scaling back its nuclear activities.

"I hereby confirm that the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran has fully implemented its required commitments," Kerry says.

The implementation of the Iran's nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China means not only that sanctions are lifted, but that Western countries will cooperate with Iran in the field of civilian nuclear technology, Mogherini says.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25
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