Rouhani calls nuclear deal 'golden page' in Iran's history

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls nuclear deal with six world powers 'golden page' in Iran’s history, as embargo against country lifted

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a session at the Iranian parliament to present the draft budget for the next Iranian fiscal year in Tehran, January 17, 2016.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the lifting of international sanctions on Iran following a deal reached between Tehran and six world powers was a "golden page" in the country's history.

Rouhani delivered his speech before Iran's Parliament and presented the draft budget for the next Iranian fiscal year. He said the deal was a "turning point" for the country's economy.

"In [implementing] the deal, all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the US The rest are happy," Rouhani said.

He also said the deal has "opened new windows for engagement with the world."

Rouhani also added that the deal was a victory for all negotiating parties and all factions inside Iran. "Nobody has been defeated in the deal neither inside the country nor the countries that were negotiating with us," he said, referring to the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. 

Iran has been suffering double-digit inflation and high unemployment rates for years. 

Iran should use the expected influx of money and investments to diversify the economy of the country, creating jobs and enhancing quality-of-life for Iranian citizens, Rouhani said.

According to the Iranian president his country now needs political tranquility to benefit from the new economic reality. "All should prevent any domestic and foreign trivialities that thwart us," he said. "Any irrelevant and diverting dispute is against national expedience."

Iran has said the total worth of its overseas frozen assets is $100 billion, however the latest deal would make more than $30 billion in assets overseas immediately available to the country.

EU oil sanctions on Iran will also end. According to the International Energy Agency Iran already has reserves of 38 million barrels of oil.

Six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, United States and Germany -  also known as the P5+1, reached a nuclear framework deal with Iran on July 14, 2015 called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On October 18, 2015, the agreement came into effect and preparations began to be made for its implementation.

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