Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday Iran would only sign a final nuclear deal with the West if all sanctions imposed on the country are lifted on the same day, urging world powers to create an immediate schedule for the lifting process.
Iran and P5+1 world powers - the U.S., Russia, the U.K., China, France, and Germany - reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program last week in the Swiss city of Lausanne in exchange for removing all economic sanctions from the country.
"We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day. We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks, " said Rouhani.
The economic sanctions on Iran, imposed by the U.S. and the European Union, have been hitting the country’s incomes, mainly oil exports since early 2012. Iran’s oil exports have been reduced from 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) by nearly 60 percent to 1 million bpd, which is around 200 billion dollars, the U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said late February.
However, Rouhani said his country has been and would be the victor in the negotiations despite everything.
"Our main gain in the talks was the fact that U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged that Iranians will not surrender to bullying, sanctions and threats," said Rouhani.
Iran demands the West all nuclear-related economic resolution and U.S. - EU sanctions will be lifted on the same day of the final deadline to ink the deal, which is June 30. The U.S., on the other hand said Monday sanctions would be phased out gradually under the comprehensive nuclear pact.
No guarantee for final deal
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Lausanne framework deal was no binding for Iran and there was no guarantee for a final deal.
Khamenei’s statements came hours before Rouhani’s speech and in the same direction, showing Iran is still cautious about the final deal.
“Our officials say that nothing is done yet and there’s still nothing binding between the two sides. I’m neither for nor against it,” said Khamenei.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, the head of state and highest ranking political and religious authority in the country, is more powerful than the president and has final say in all state affairs.
Khamenei has been usually taking a pessimistic view on the nuclear negotiations since the beginning, saying that the West could not be trusted.
“It’s all about the details that they are yet to negotiate. The other side may want to stab us in the back over the details; it is too early for congratulations.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has spoken the first time after the deal reached in Lausanne, and said he supported a deal that preserved the honor of his country, but he also said no deal was better than a bad deal.
“We are going to keep the position we have held from the beginning, which is constructive but extremely demanding,” said Khamenei.
“If it’s possible, we want an agreement, but it needs to ensure that nothing remains in the shadows.”