Rouhani: Iran at turning point after defeating ‘Zionist plots’
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Rouhani: Iran at turning point after defeating ‘Zionist plots’

Iranian president says visits by trade delegations on the rise now that Western sanctions have been lifted

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference on March 6, 2016 in the capital Tehran (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference on March 6, 2016 in the capital Tehran (AFP / ATTA KENARE)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Iran is at a “historic turning point” after overcoming the sanctions on its nuclear program, which he partly attributed to “Zionism.”

“We lie at a historic turning point after passing through the plots of the Zionism and the arrogance which had put us under sanctions,” Rouhani said, according to the state-run Press TV.

He also said that post-sanctions Tehran was “intent on opening the road of exports to the world countries.” The first step, he said, was “for the government to open the doors that were shut in the past.”

Rouhani told his audience in Urumieh, in northwest Iran, there was a marked rise in visits by foreign trade delegations since the sanctions were lifted, and agreements had been reached for the first investments.

Still, Rouhani acknowledged that changes would take time, addressing critics who point out that little profit has been made since the lifting of the sanctions. He also denounced the previous government, which allowed the West to impose sanctions.

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