Iranian Foreign Minister: The sanctions will be lifted today

Zarif and Kerry to meet in Vienna ahead of IAEA report release; Zarif confirms sanctions to be lifted Saturday; Mogherini & Zarif to give joint statement either Saturday or Sunday

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif pose for a photograph before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Lausanne

Kerry and Zarif (REUTERS)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Vienna, reports that the nuclear deal will be completed and sanctions on Iran will be lifted Saturday.

 

United States Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini will meet with Zarif in Vienna ahead of the expected announcement. Mark Toner of the State Department confirmed, “As we’ve said, all parties have continued making steady progress toward ‘Implementation Day’ of the JCPOA, which will ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

 

Iranian officials reported that Zarif and Mogherini would release a joint statement either later on Saturday or Sunday.

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to release their report verifying that Iran has complied with demands in order for sanctions to be lifted is likely to be released today on “implementation day”.

 

Zarif stated in Vienna Saturday morning “It’s a good day for the people of Iran … and also a good day for the region. The sanctions will be lifted today.” He stated on talks with world powers that “It proved that we can solve important problems through diplomacy, not threats and pressure, and thus today is definitely an important day,” and that “Today with the release of the IAEA chief’s report the nuclear deal will be implemented, after which a joint statement will be made to announce the beginning of the deal.”