The Final Deal: Tehran Reacts

The following are excerpted remarks from Iranian officials on the final nuclear deal between Iran and the world's six major powers.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei


President Hassan Rouhani

"The negotiations have earned achievements in addition to the removal of the nuclear sanctions; (at first) it was only decided to remove the nuclear sanctions, but our negotiating team succeeded in the removal of sanctions on planes which were not among the nuclear-related embargos.”
"Also, the sanctions on selling food products, including pistachio, and carpet to the US were terminated.”
—July 15, 2015, in a speech to Iranian athletes


Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif


Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi
“When it is time to implement the deal, what the two sides need to do is clear. On one specified day, they will pledge to lift sanctions and we would start to work when they abide by their commitments.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi
"All past issues will be resolved completely after Iran and the Agency adopt some measures.”
"I hope that a new chapter in relations and cooperation between Iran and the IAEA will start after the settlement of the past issues.”
—July 14, 2015, according to the press
"All agreements, including the agreed arrangements for the issue of Parchin, will be implemented while fully observing the country's red lines.”
—July 14, 2015, according to the press
Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
"The defense ministry's defense industries has been formed based on self-sufficiency and cutting dependence, and as long as the sanctions or restrictions continue, our defense industries will be able to provide the country's defense needs proportionate to the threats to the country.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press
Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani
“The Islamic Republic’s great wisdom in diplomacy managed to convince the international community about the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities and this is a great achievement in the history of all these disagreements.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press
Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani
"Unfortunately, we are witnessing that immediately after the negotiations, certain parties started different interpretations and spoke of the gradual removal of the sanctions.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani
“We all should appreciate people resistance, guidelines of the Supreme Leader and wisdom of the president in moving the talks forward and its conclusion.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press
Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
“After (the implementation) of the agreement, our major work would just begin…The first step is to prepare for increasing (oil) exports.”
—July 16, 2015, according to Iran Front Page
“I have already said that we are ready to increase exports by 500.000 barrels daily after sanctions are lifted. After implementation of the agreement, we can add 1.000.000 barrels to the exports and increase it to 2.5 million barrels daily.”
“Our priority is development of joint oil and gas fields through local and foreign potentials.”
—July 15, 2015, according to the press

Photo credits: Salehi by U.S. Dept of State via Flickr Commons (cropped)