US, Iran leaders hail nuke deal as new sanctions imposed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech to parliament in the capital Tehran, on January 17, 2016, after sanctions were lifted under Tehran's nuclear deal with world powersThe US and Iranian presidents on Sunday hailed the implementation of Tehran’s nuclear deal as historic, even as new American sanctions threatened fresh tensions. The UN’s atomic watchdog confirmed in Vienna late Saturday that Iran had complied with its obligations under last summer’s accord, leading the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate whose 2013 election victory helped launch a huge diplomatic effort toward the deal struck on July 14 in Vienna, said the implementation was a crucial moment for his country.

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