EU High Representative Mogherini announces in a joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif that Tehran has complied with its obligations under the nuclear deal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini announced on Saturday (January 16) that Iran has complied with its obligations set last year in a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, and that sanctions on Tehran will be immediately lifted. Mogherini made the announcement in Vienna during a joint appearance with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who read the EU statement in Farsi. Neither official took questions from the press after the statements were read. Within moments of the announcement, the White House released a statement saying that U.S. President Barack Obama had issued an executive order revoking previous U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The European Union on Saturday started the process of lifting sanctions on Iran after the bloc's foreign policy service took note of an International Atomic Energy Agency report saying Tehran had scaled down its nuclear program as agreed, EU diplomats said. The report was crucial to determining that Iran had delivered its part of a deal with world powers. In exchange, the United Nations, the United States and the European Union had promised to ease their sanctions. The EU procedure for lifting sanctions should be rapid. An official decision of the European Council, which brings together leaders of 28 EU members, is required to finalize the process, together with a publication in the EU's Official Journal. The final steps towards lifting the sanctions are taking place after six world powers reached the deal with Tehran last July, following years of increasing confrontation as the West accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear bomb, something Iran has always denied.