Iran demands immediate sanction relief, not in stages; Ayatollah accuses USA of giving contrary information regarding nuclear progress; Kerry reports that Iran must show past nuclear-related military activity as part of final agreement
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated in a ceremony marking “National Nuclear Technology Day” that no deal would be final with world powers on a nuclear deal unless sanctions were removed immediately.
Sanctions reliefs are contingent on a final deal with Iran on its nuclear program and are to occur in stages, White House spokesman John Earnest stating earlier this week that, “You can’t start talking about relieving sanctions until we’ve reached agreements about how we’re going to shut down every pathway they have to a nuclear weapon. It has never been our position that all of the sanctions against Iran should be removed from day one. The United States could foresee a point at which sanctions could be dismantled, but only after sustained compliance over a long period of time.”
Speaking from Tehran during a holiday that celebrates Iran’s nuclear progress and achievements, Rouhani stated, “We will not sign any agreements unless on the first day of the implementation of the deal all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day… We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks.”
Not long after, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that no deal is final until the end of negotiations, even accusing the White House of citing agreements “contrary” to what world powers and Iran agreed upon.
Khamenei stated that, “What has been done so far does not guarantee an agreement, nor its contents, nor even that the negotiations will continue to the end” then tweeting, “I trust our negotiators but I’m really worried as the other side is into lying and breaching promises; an example was White House fact sheet. Hours after the talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed. They always deceive and breach promises… It’s all about the details. The disloyal side may want to stab Iran in the back over the details; it is too early to congratulate.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry stated in an interview on the nuclear deal with Iran that it would require Tehran discloses past military-related nuclear activity. He stated, “It will be part of a final agreement. It has to be. They have to do it. It will be done. If there’s going to be a deal, it will be done.”