Iran: Lift Sanctions Same Day or No Deal

Rouhani warns against Yemen strikes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2015 4:00 AM CDT
Iran: Lift Sanctions Same Day or No Deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a news briefing at the Saadabad palace in Tehran last week.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran's president is warning that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it's predicated on the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. Hassan Rouhani, speaking during a ceremony marking Iran's nuclear technology day, said Iran "will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day," and while they want an outcome that will be in everyone's benefit, "the Iranian nation has been and will be the victor in the negotiations," reports Reuters.

Iran and six world powers reached a framework agreement last week aimed at keeping Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The deal is to be finalized by the end of June. Rouhani also warned Saudi Arabia and its allies today that their campaign in Yemen is a "mistake" and called for a halt to the airstrikes. He said such campaigns are "wrong" and cited the examples of Syria and Iraq. He did not single out any country in particular, but he said, "You learned that it was wrong. You will learn, not later but soon, that you are making [a] mistake in Yemen, too." (More Iran stories.)

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