Iran's Rohani: All Zionist Regime's Efforts to Undermine Nuclear Deal Failed

Iran FM Zarif lauds historic deal, says it heralds 'new era of hope'; Assad: In wake of nuclear deal, I expect Iran to step up its efforts to back 'just causes.'

Iranian President Hassan Rohani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 13, 2015.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on June 13, 2015. AFP

Iran President Hassan Rohani said Tuesday that the agreement between Iran and the world powers on the former's nuclear program shows that "constructive engagement works," adding that "with this unnecessary crisis resolved, new horizons emerge with a focus on shared challenges."

Addressing Iranian TV, Rohani said that all Zionists efforts to defeat the agreement failed.

"We didn't ask for charity," Rohani said. "We asked for fair, just and win-win negotiations."

"Many people prayed for the #negotiating team during the holy month of Ramadan," Rohani added. "I'm privileged to announce their prayers have been answered."

Rohani said that the sanctions regime was never successful, and Iran's economy improved even under sanctions.

Rohani added that the deal annuls "illegal" sanctions including UN bands while protecting Iran's nuclear achievements.

He vowed that Iran will remain committed to the agreement if major powers abide by the deal, and that successful implementation can gradually eliminate distrust.

Following the announcement that a deal had been reached, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the nuclear deal is "a historic moment" and represents a new chapter of hope.

Prior to the agreement, Iranian President Rohani said Sunday that he had kept his election promise to resolve the nuclear issue.

"Thank God, I have fulfilled my election promise to try and solve the nuclear crisis," Rohani said at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner with a group of Iranian women. "We are a few steps away from the peak… even if the process stops now, we have performed our duty."

Assad: Deal is "major turning point"

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday he was confident his top regional ally Iran would step up its efforts to back "just causes", suggesting he expects more backing from Tehran in his fight against insurgents after a nuclear deal.

Shi'ite power Iran has provided crucial financial and diplomatic support for Assad and has sent military advisers to Syria while backing fighters from Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah and other militiamen involved in the conflict.

"We are confident that the Islamic Republic of Iran will support, with greater drive, just causes of nations and work for peace and stability in the region and the world," Assad said in a congratulatory message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published by state news agency SANA.

Assad also called the atomic agreement sealed in Vienna a "major turning point" in the history of Iran, the region and the world."The coming days will see momentum in the constructive role played by the Islamic Republic of Iran in supporting for the rights of people and the laying of the foundation stones for amiable relations between nations for the good of humanity," Assad said in a separate message to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, according to SANA.