0850 GMT July 16, 2019
Thursday marked the first anniversary of a historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and the major world powers.
Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — managed to finalize the text of the nuclear agreement dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14, 2015.
The nuclear agreement has brought about major achievements for the country, some of which are as follows:
1- The world has recognized Iran's right to peaceful nuclear program. The major world powers have asserted in the JCPOA that the Islamic Republic is entitled to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
2- The nuclear agreement has helped boost the country's nuclear industry. Besides, it has removed barriers which blocked the transfer of equipment and technical experiences. Furthermore, the deal has enabled Iran to export enriched nuclear materials and heavy water.
3- Anti-Iran sanctions had thrown the country's economy into disarray. Sanctions had also created major upheaval in the foreign exchange market. However, Iran's economy is experiencing stability these days. The resumption of banking transactions with global banks herald as a major breakthrough in our domestic economy as well. Officials have further formulated plans to unify the foreign exchange rates.
4- The Islamic Republic has managed to boost its oil and petrochemical exports. Officials say Iran's oil production has reached pre-sanctions level in the wake of the nuclear deal.
5- The JCPOA has provided an opportunity for Iran to renovate its aging aviation fleet. It will generate jobs for pilots ad aviation experts who had to look for jobs overseas.
6- Financial and economic problems had cast their dark shadow on the society. However, the nuclear deal has turned despair and social alienation into hope and raised people's spirits.
7- The nuclear deal has helped overcome Iranophobia spread by certain Western and regional nations. Besides, the agreement has resulted in boosting the country's defensive capabilities. The transfer of S-300 missiles to Iran is an example of such a breakthrough.
8- The JCPOA has ameliorated Iran's political ties with the world. The European Union had broken off diplomatic contacts on high levels with Iran. Nonetheless, heads of state and their entourage have either visited Iran or invited senior Iranian officials to their countries after the agreement was clinched.
The aforementioned issues are among the main advantages of the nuclear deal, but it does not mean that the country is satisfied with the status quo. Iran expects the P5+1 countries to fully implement the JCPOA that is aimed at removing anti-Iran sanctions on the basis of provisions stipulated in the deal.