Iran FM: Sanctions to be lifted within days of nuke deal
Preliminary deal reached on Iran's nuclear program is 'the best anyone can get,' says Javad Zarif.

Sanctions on Iran will be lifted "within a few days" of the successful end of negotiations on the Islamic republic's nuclear program, Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday.

"If we have an agreement on June 30, within a few days after that we will have a resolution in the [UN] Security Council under Article 41 of chapter 7, which will be mandatory for all member states," said Mohammad Javad Zarif during an event at New York University, referring to the UN Charter article regarding sanctions.

He said the resolution would abolish all previous sanctions imposed on the country due to its nuclear program.

The UN Security Council had passed a number of resolutions against Iran between 2006 and 2014 regarding its nuclear program, from banning supplies of nuclear technology and materials to the country to freezing financial assets of key individuals and companies in Iran.

The sanctions have negatively affected the Iranian economy, including its oil exports and its financial sector.

Earlier this month, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the U.S., Russia, the U.K., France and China plus Germany – reached a framework deal that envisages Tehran curbing its nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. The parties have until the end of June to reach a final agreement.

Zarif said the premilinary framework deal is "the best anyone can get."

Asked whether there is a possibility of the deadline's extension, Zarif said they want to finalize the deal before the end of June, but "no time deadline is sacrosanct."

Negotiations are "not a divine process with fixed deadlines," he said.

Zarif was in New York to attend a UN conference on the global nuclear weapons proliferation treaty.

He held a closed meeting Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss efforts to reach a long-term nuclear deal.

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