Iran meets all obligations in landmark nuclear deal

Mohammad Javad Zarif
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2015, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks with media in a joint press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran, Iran. Iran's foreign minister says an imminent report by the U.N. nuclear agency later Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, will bring a 'good day' for Iran because it will lead to lifting sanctions. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File )

VIENNA (AP) – The U.N. atomic agency announced Saturday that Iran has met all of its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal with six world powers.

Certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency will allow Iran to immediately recoup some $100 billion in assets frozen overseas and see huge benefits from new oil, trade and financial opportunities that will come after Western sanctions against Iran are lifted.

“Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase,” said IAEA director general Yukiya Amano. “It is an important day for the international community.”

Earlier Saturday, Iranian Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a series of meetings with his European Union and U.S. counterparts – including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – on implementing the accord.

“All oppressive sanctions imposed against Iran will be annulled today,” Zarif said on Iranian state TV.

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