TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the "Geneva nuclear deal broke the sanction regime that had been imposed against the Iranians unfairly."
Rouhani made the remarks two days after Iran and the world powers agreed to start the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal on Jan. 20.
The Geneva deal means "powers yielding to the demands of Iran," the Iranian president said addressing a gathering in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz.
"By Geneva deal, the world accepted the peaceful nuclear technology of Iran which has been achieved through the hard work of the young Iranian students," he added.
An agreement was finalized between the P5+1 (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) and Iran on Sunday on ways to implement the first-step Geneva agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.
In November, Iran and the P5+1 group reached an interim agreement whereby Iran would freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited easing of sanctions which had hurt its economy.
On Tuesday, the president said the Iranian government is determined to lead the country out of the current status to a situation which the Iranians deserve. Rouhani's words were an allusion to the existing economic hardship in the lives of the majority of the Iranians under the international and western sanctions.
"Interests of the nation is the factor for regulating our relations with the world," he said, adding that it is the task of the government to defend the interests and rights of the people.
Under former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the West imposed numerous sanctions on Iran's oil and energy sectors, banking and financial systems, auto and petrochemical industries which led to the dramatic depreciation of Iran's rial against foreign currencies.
The new administration, however, has pledged to interact constructively with the world and to negotiate over the country's controversial nuclear program. World leaders have welcomed the moderate policies of Hassan Rouhani.
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