Iranian foreign minister: no nuclear deal unless all sanctions immediately lifted

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Iran is insisting that all sanctions against the country be lifted immediately as part of any nuclear deal with world powers. 

“This is the position that the government has insisted on from the start,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency, Reuters reported. 

The United States and European Union have imposed heavy sanctions on Iran that have crippled the Iranian economy in recent years. The United Nations has also imposed sanctions on Iran going back to 2006. The sanctions issue is one of the main sticking points in talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany)—with America and the European countries calling for a gradual lifting of sanctions that are tied to Iran reaching specific milestones in a nuclear deal. 

Talks between Iran and world powers are scheduled to resume talks on Thursday as the March 31 deadline for a political framework agreement approaches. 

Posted on March 25, 2015 .