On 15 April 2014, speaking during a tour of the Sistan-Baluchistan province on the Iran- Pakistan border, President Hassan Rouhani applauded the first efforts his “government has taken…towards the lifting of the brutal sanctions”, adding that Iran “will witness the sanctions shattering in the coming months.”
This statement relates to the Joint Plan of Action (the “JPOA”) implemented between Iran, the five members of the UN Security Council and Germany on 20 January 2014. The JPOA requires Iran to take specific measures as part of a six-month, first-phase agreement to terminate progress of its nuclear proliferation programme. Such measures are primarily connected to Iran’s production of enriched uranium, and related research.
On 9 April 2014, a senior US administration official stated that “all sides have kept all of the commitments they made in the JPOA and that had given [the US] more confidence as we negotiate this even tougher comprehensive agreement.”
Negotiators from all sides of the JPOA met in Vienna last week to commence the drafting of the ‘tougher comprehensive agreement’ to resolve the nuclear issue, ahead of the expiry of the JPOA on 20 July 2014.