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Ayatollah: All sanctions should be lifted on day deal is signed



by Leonardo Blair April 9, 2015


Newscast Media TEHRANIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed on Thursday that the world powers should remove all sanctions against the country on the same day as the potential nuclear deal is signed, according to the leader's official website.

To postpone the removal of sanctions to six months or one year is never acceptable, Khamenei said, adding that the talks with the powers over the country's nuclear issue was primarily aimed at lifting all sanctions at once upon the seal of the agreement.

The U.S.-released fact sheet about the results of the recent talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne is an "unreal and distorted" text and it will not be the criteria of action in the run for a possible nuclear agreement between Iran and the powers, Khamenei was quoted as saying.

The Iranian leader also said that he is neither for nor against the results of the recent nuclear talks in Lausanne of Switzerland, since "the Iranian officials say no work has been done yet and nothing is binding."

The agreement would be reached only if the details are revealed, he said, adding that "it is possible that the other party wants to set limits on us in details."

"What has been done so far neither guarantees the final agreement and its content nor the finality to the talks," he was quoted as saying.

"I have never been optimistic about the talks with the United States. Notwithstanding this, I agreed with these talks," he said, adding that he will agree with an agreement which secures the interests and the dignity of the nation.

"I have said that no deal is better than a bad deal since no agreement would be better than an agreement which ruins the interests and dignity of the nation," he was quoted as saying.

The Iranian leader cautioned the Iranian officials against any "hasty" decision on nuclear issue before the June 30 deadline, saying that the Iranian nuclear negotiators should be open to different opinions, even from their critics, and to discuss the details of the negotiations with them too.

The end-of-June deadline is not something "unchangeable," he said, adding that it can be extended as the other party did with the November deadline (last year) and extended it for another seven months.

The Iranian leader reiterated Iran's stance against the construction of a nuclear weapon, saying that "based on the Islamic teachings and wisdom, the Islamic republic has never been after acquiring a nuclear weapon and will never do so."

Moreover, Khamenei said that Iran will never accept "unusual monitoring" on its nuclear facilities and activities to be included in a potential nuclear deal.

"No unusual mechanisms of monitoring, which will make Iran unique in this regard, is acceptable. The monitoring (on Iran's nuclear activities) should be within the normal regulations underway in the world not beyond that."

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani echoed supreme leader's words, saying that Iran will sign a nuclear deal with the major world powers only if sanctions against the country are lifted on the same day. Add Comments>>


Source: Xinhua













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