Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:31AM
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi

An Iranian deputy foreign minister and senior nuclear negotiator says the country’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers justly revolutionized its standing in the international arena.

Abbas Araqchi said the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), completely changed Iran’s international position, enabling the Islamic Republic to play a more influential role in the global community.

In the post-JCPOA era, Iran turned into a more active player in issues of international importance, adding that the United Nations Security Council now recognizes the Islamic Republic as a guarantor of peace and security in Syria.

The JCPOA was signed in July 2015 between Tehran on the one side and the US, the UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany, on the other.

The deal, which was later enshrined in a legally-binding UN Security Council resolution, rolled back nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, which, in turn, put limits on its nuclear program.

Araqchi further said the Americans have said themselves that it has been “the worst bruise to their pride” to see that Iran and Russia sit and decide if Washington should partake in the Syria conflict resolution talks.

Iran, Russia and Turkey helped organize two days of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday and Tuesday.

The US ambassador to Astana turned up at the event as an observer with the invitation of the host country.