April 9, 2015 10:30 am -


Iran appears to be saying that unless all sanctions are lifted at the start of the deal, there is no deal.

In a televised address Thursday at a ceremony marking Iran’s nuclear technology day, President Hassan Rouhani appeared to rule out a gradual removal of the sanctions, which have hit the nation’s energy and financial sectors hard — and devastated its economy.

“We will not sign any agreement, unless all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the first day of the implementation of the deal,” he said. “We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks.”

The framework deal agreed to after extended talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, states sanctions will be suspended after international monitors verify Iran is abiding by the limitations set out and that sanctions will resume if Iran fails to fulfill its obligations.

“It has never been our position that all of the sanctions against Iran should be removed from Day One,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on matters of state, reiterated Rouhani’s stance Thursday and said most of a fact sheet put out by the White House was contrary to what was agreed.



D.B. Hirsch
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5 responses to Iran: Lift Sanctions Day One Or No Deal

  1. oldfart April 9th, 2015 at 11:50 am

    what part of world opinion and sanctions don’t they understand exactly ?

    • granpa.usthai April 9th, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      the part that says the sanctioneers are superior humans to Iranians, probably, but DPRK and China seem to think they’re just as human as the rest of our species.

  2. jybarz April 9th, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Sounds like they’re suckers for punishment.
    Cry-BIbi and GOP Traitors’ wet dream comes true.
    Yeah, fck peace!

  3. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker April 9th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I take this sound-bite posturing with a grain of salt, because anyone involved in negotiations would say the same thing to appease their people.
    What he doesn’t say is that the sanctions are still in effect and will remain so until a resolution is reached with six powerful nations and UN inspectors breathing down his neck.
    Of course he’s going to lobby for sanctions to be lifted asap in the public forum, but the reality is he’s powerless to set any timetable.

  4. illinoisboy1977 April 10th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    This wouldn’t be an issue, today, if we’d shown more backbone during the hostage crisis. At that point, we should have given Iran 1 week in which to free the hostages or have every military facility, power station and water source turned into a smoking crater. THAT’S how you deal with terrorists. And, yes, they’re still a terrorist nation, because they provide monetary and material support to terrorist organizations.