Khamenei: Sanctions must be lifted at the same time as the final agreement is signed

(Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program is concluded.

Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s most powerful figure and who has the last say on all state matters, was making his first comments on the interim deal reached between Iran and the powers last week in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

He repeated his faith in President Hassan Rouhani’s negotiating team. But in remarks apparently meant to keep hardline loyalists on side, he warned about the “devilish” intentions of the United States.

“I neither support nor oppose the deal. Everything is in the details, it may be that the deceptive other side wants to restrict us in the details,” Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

His stand on the lifting of sanctions matched earlier comments by Rouhani, who said Iran would only sign a final nuclear accord if all measures imposed over its disputed atomic work are lifted on the same day…

  • Jim Horne

    Let me fix that headline for you.
    “If you want your sanctions dropped, you can have your sanctions dropped.” BHO

    Oh, wait. BHO would be telling the truth. Well that’s odd.

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    • Frau Katze

      Yep, pretty much.

    • Seems like the deal is really no deal at all.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        It’s infuriating that for the last six years empty deals and negotiations get trumpeted in the media like the second coming of the ten commandments.

  • barryjr

    I would tend to believe the Iranians before I believed Buckwheat and his gang of peter principle recipients. As to the French they are so excited to have someone pretending to be interested in their opinion they will say anything on topic or not.

  • These “negotiations” were- at best- a speed bump for Iran. The US and Russia certainly won’t stop them. The question is what will Saudi Arabia do and when.

    One has a good idea of what Israel might do.