Iran's President Warn: No Deal Unless All Sanctions Are Lifted

April 9, 2015 12:19 PM

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Iran's President Warn: No Deal Unless All Sanctions Are Lifted

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s top leader on Thursday stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week between Teheran and world powers, while the country’s president warned separately that Tehran’s approval of a final deal depends on the immediate lifting of all sanctions related to its controversial nuclear program.

The comments, taken together, could represent simply a tough bargaining stance by the Islamic Republic ahead of a final deal, which is expected by June 30. But President Hassan Rouhani’s demand of an immediate full sanctions relief is likely to complicate efforts to reach a final deal.

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