In Tehran, the jet preparing to take Rezaian and the two other prisoners to freedom was delayed when Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and his mother, Mary, could not be found. Khamenei, however, noted "pessimism" linked to comments by US politicians as worldwide sanctions were lifted - a provision to the nuclear deal after Iran complied with measures to reduce its nuclear capacities and stockpiles.
On Sunday the United States imposed new sanctions against five Iranian nationals and a network of companies with links to banned missile activity. The list included people and companies that were based out of China and the United Arab Emirates that had been serving as a front for Iranian military trafficking.
The lifting of sanctions allows Iran to rejoin the global economy and begin selling its massive oil reserves in worldwide markets, which could drive the price to as low as US$10 a barrel within months. But Rouhani said the country will remain vigilant: "We do not intend to trust countries like the United States simply because of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA)".
Marine Amir Hekmati recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized they were being released as part of a deal with Iran and reunited with their families after spending years in Iranian prison. Abedini, who was born and raised in Iran before becoming a USA citizen five years ago, had established small house churches in Iran. Hekmati spent more than four years behind bars on spying charges following his arrest in August 2011 during a visit to see his ...
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He did not elaborate. On Saturday the US and European Union lifted sanctions against Iran after a report by the worldwide nuclear watchdog said the country had complied with all of the nuclear agreement's requirements, including the dismantling of the reactor at its Arak nuclear facility.