The United States and other world powers lifted a raft of crushing sanctions against Iran on Saturday as a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran took effect. Hours earlier, Iran released five Americans it had detained, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
The sanctions relief move hastens Tehran’s return to the global economy and gives the Islamic Republic access to more than $50 billion in assets frozen in accounts around the world.
The move was triggered by a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying that Tehran has placed curbs on its nuclear program as agreed to in the deal in July between the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran.
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