Iran's Rohani: Everyone Is Happy With Deal Except for Israelis, Extremist

The Iranian president told Iran's parliament the deal reached with the world powers has 'opened new windows for engagement with the world.'

Iranian President Hassan Rohani arrives to parliament ahead of presenting the proposed annual budget in the capital Tehran, on January 17, 2016, after sanctions were lifted under Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
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Iran's President Hassan Rohani said Sunday that the official implementation of the landmark deal reached between Tehran and six world powers has satisfied all parties except radical extremist and Israelis.

Speaking before the parliament in comments broadcast live on state television, Rohani said, "In (implementing) the deal, all are happy except Zionists, warmongers, sowers of discord among Islamic nations and extremists in the U.S. The rest are happy."

Rohani said the deal has "opened new windows for engagement with the world."

A strong supporter of the agreement, Rohani sent out a celebratory tweet calling it a "glorious victory" late Saturday night while the speeches in Vienna were still taking place.

Rohani also said the deal was a win for all negotiating parties and all factions inside Iran. "Nobody has been defeated in the deal neither inside the country nor the countries that were negotiating with us," he said, referring to the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Rohani said Iran should use the expected influx of money and investments to spark the "economic mutation" of the country, creating jobs and enhancing quality-of-life for Iranian citizens. Iran has been suffering double-digit inflation and unemployment rates for years.

He also said Iran now needs political tranquility to best benefit from the new economic reality. "All should prevent any domestic and foreign trivialities that thwart us," he said. "Any irrelevant and diverting dispute is against national expedience."

Rohani said his country needs up to $50 billion in foreign investment per year to reach its goal of eight-percent annual growth.

For Iran, long out in the economic cold over its contested atomic program, implementing the nuclear deal will be a welcome thaw.

More than $30 billion in assets overseas will become immediately available to the Islamic Republic. Official Iranian reports have set the total amount of frozen Iranian assets overseas at $100 billion.

A European oil embargo on Iran will end. Already, some 38 million barrels of oil are in Iran's floating reserves, ready to enter the market, according to the International Energy Agency.