Iran eyes self-reliance to revive ailing economy

GMT 05:49 2015 Thursday ,30 April

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Tehran - XINHUA

Although sanctions have had its adverse impacts on Iran's economy, the remedy for the country's economic problems cannot rely on the ongoing nuclear talks ,Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Wednesday.

"One cannot find solutions to economic problems outside of the country in Lausanne, Geneva and New York, but the real remedy for the problems is inside the country," Khamenei was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

Iranian officials should focus on boosting the domestic production, he said, urging the people and the government to use homemade goods instead of foreign commodities.

Nobody can deny the impact of illegal sanctions on the Iranian economy, but everybody knows well that embargo cannot prevent the fulfillment of the programs for the promotion of domestic production, he said.

On Wednesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran will get all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on the country by the UN Security Council (UNSC) annulled.

"More important than centrifuges is the power of the Iranian negotiating delegation, and we take pride in our scientists and our diplomats, and we will get all UNSC resolutions nullified through logic," Rouhani was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Rouhani said Iran will make efforts to open the door for the export of Iranian goods to the countries in the region and the world.

On Tuesday, he said that solving Iran's nuclear problem is the first step to tackle the fundamental issues in the country.

With both sides being serious at the negotiating table, a comprehensive deal over Iran's nuclear issue is possible in the next few months, Rouhani said, suggesting sanction brokers to "think of other profession."

As the U.S. and Iranian negotiators are engaged in talks to hammer out the final details of a nuclear agreement, the White House is at loggerheads with some Republican lawmakers who are bent on derailing the deal.

The controversy was heated up over the past weeks as Iranian officials urged for the removal of economic and financial sanctions against Iran simultaneously with the implementation of a possible nuclear deal.

However, the West, particularly some U.S. congressmen, have insisted on the gradual removal of sanctions.

Experts from Iran and world powers concluded a three-day meeting in Vienna on Friday after talks on technical details in the possible comprehensive deal to be reached before the deadline of June 30.

Negotiators will continue to draft the deal on the sidelines of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

On April 2, Iran and the P5+1 group, namely the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany, reached common understanding on outstanding issues ahead of the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive deal.

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