TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that last week’s hard-won framework accord with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme was no guarantee of a final deal and that much work remained.
And President Hassan Rouhani added that Iran would not sign any final agreement unless “all economic sanctions are totally lifted on the same day.”
“What has been done so far does not guarantee an agreement, nor its contents, nor even that the negotiations will continue to the end,” Khamenei, said on his website.
On April 2, after a week of gruelling 11th-hour negotiations, Tehran and the six powers agreed on a framework to be finalised by the end of June to rein in Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting international sanctions.
In his first comments on that deal, Khamenei said “everything is in the detail; it may be that the other side, which is unfair, wants to limit our country in the details.”
Playing down expectations of a final deal after the interim accord — which sparked celebrations in the streets of Iran — Khamenei said he had not taken any position until now as “there is nothing to take a stance on.”
“Officials say that nothing has been done yet and there is nothing binding. I am neither for nor against,” he said, dampening the optimism that followed the marathon negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
Khamenei’s eagerly awaited first assessment follows positive comments from several Iranian officials as well as allies Syria and Russia.