Rowhani: Iran will sign final nuclear deal only if sanctions lifted

The tentative deal revived hopes of an end to sanctions in return for limits on the Iranian atomic program

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Iran will agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers only if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rowhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.

“We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day ... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks,” Rowhani said.

The tentative deal between Iran and the six powers on curbing Iran’s nuclear work, reached a last week in the Swiss city of Lausanne, revived hopes of an end to sanctions in return for limits on the Iranian atomic program.

Iran wants sanctions to be lifted altogether and at once, but the United States made it clear on Monday that sanctions would have to be phased out gradually under the final nuclear pact.

Meanwhile, Iran’s top leader has stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week between Teheran and world powers, saying he will wait till it is finalized.

In what appears to be a bargaining tactic, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says in remarks published Thursday on his official website that he “is neither for nor against” the deal, which is to be finalized by June 30.

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, says there "is no binding" agreement yet.

The tentative agreement reached in Switzerland, is meant to curb Iran’s bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to bank accounts, oil markets and financial assets blocked by international sanctions.

A deadline for reaching the final agreement is June 30 and Iran, the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the deal

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