Top Iranian cleric calls for lifting of banking and oil sanctions

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“Our negotiators… are doing their best to secure the interests of the nation, and know that the end point is the lifting of all sanctions, especially on banking and trade,” Ayatollah Ahmad said. Khatami during Friday prayers in Tehran.

“If these sanctions are not lifted, it is as if there were no talks,” he said, as quoted by state media.

The general content of sermons delivered during Friday prayers is set by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on Iran’s nuclear policy and all other matters of state.

After 10 months of talks in Vienna, progress has been made towards restoring the pact to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but Tehran and Washington have warned there are still significant differences to be had. overcome.

A majority in Iran’s hardline-led parliament demanded in a letter last week that the United States guarantee it would not abandon a reinstated deal. The assembly did not vote on the letter.

A senior Iranian official told Reuters that Iran had shown flexibility in accepting “inherent guarantees” that the US administration would not walk away from a deal, as Washington says it is impossible for President Joe Biden to provide the legal assurances that Iran has demanded.

Iran insists on the immediate lifting of all sanctions imposed under former US President Donald Trump as part of a verifiable process, including those imposed as part of terrorism or human rights measures. .

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