Speaker: JCPOA Opened Up New Opportunities

Speaker: JCPOA Opened Up New OpportunitiesSpeaker: JCPOA Opened Up New Opportunities

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers has opened up new opportunities for Iran’s development. Speaking in a meeting with newly-elected lawmakers in Tehran on Saturday, Larijani said the deal has removed obstacles on the country’s path toward becoming a rising power, ICANA reported.

“With the efforts of nuclear negotiators, the problem that westerners created for the Iranian nation has been satisfactorily cleared up,” he said. The July 2015 nuclear pact, which went into effect on January 16, removed international sanctions on Iran in exchange for temporary restrictions on its nuclear program.

The pact put an end to a 12-year-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear activities, with western powers accusing the country of trying to build a nuclear weapon and Tehran stressing that its program is entirely for peaceful applications. “We should not see the deal with bitterness and negativity,” he said, referring to the domestic opponents of the agreement who believe it conceded too much to the other side, known as P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany), and are especially skeptical of the West’s intentions.

Larijani said prospects for the country are excellent and it is time for Iranians to join hands and grasp the chance to help prepare the ground for rapid economic development.

“A boost in economic power, advancement in new sciences and technologies and playing a [key] role in regional developments could bring a new status for Iran in the region and the international arena, turning it into a rising power,” he said.