Iran to insist all sanctions lifted in any nuclear deal: foreign minister

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DUBAI Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:33am EDT


Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (C) departs his hotel to return to Iran following days of negotiations with United States Secretary of State John Kerry over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland March 20, 2015.

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(Reuters) - Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week.

"This is the position that the government has insisted on from the start," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

The United Nations, United States and European Union have imposed a wide array of sanctions on Iran to try to curtail its nuclear program as they fear Tehran wants to develop an atomic weapon. Iran insists its aims are peaceful.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state in the Islamic Republic, said in a speech last week that the immediate lifting of sanctions must be a part of any nuclear deal.

Western officials have consistently rejected that demand, and a senior European negotiator last week said the immediate lifting of all sanctions was "out of the question".

Officials from Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - are due to resume nuclear talks on Thursday aimed at resolving a decade-old standoff over the country's nuclear program.

Negotiatiors want to agree on a political framework deal by the end of March, three months before the end-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear pact.

(Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Parisa Hafezi and Raissa Kasolowsky)
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Such talk on the eve of the talks complicates matters. Fine, they may want sanctions lifted but shouldn't these be part of the talks? Must they involve the media so they may make it appear like Iran didn't accept any deal offered without a fight?

Is this the right time to grandstand when they know that the other option isn't all that pleasant? All this makes Obama's claims that Iran's Ayatollah issue a Fatwa against building nuclear weapons ring false.
 
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