President Rouhani says Iran will sign final nuclear deal only if sanctions lifted
April 9,Tehran:Iranian President said Tehran won’t sign a final nuclear deal unless economic sanctions against the country are lifted first. The comments contradict Washington’s statement that sanctions would be lifted gradually, subject to Iran compliance.
President Hassan Rouhani’s comments come as a blow to US President Barack Obama’s efforts to sell the deal to its opponents, both in the US and abroad.Supporters of the deal, which was negotiated last week at marathon talks in Switzerland and is to be finalized in June, say the sanctions relief for Iran would be gradual, and implemented in response to Iran’s moves to scale down its nuclear program. They could be reversed in case of non-compliance, they argue. Obama has called the plan the best deal possible at the moment.
The Oslo Times