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Rouhani: Iran will not sign final agreement on nuclear program until sanctions are lifted

April 09, 2015, 9:54 UTC+3 TEHRAN

On Wednesday, the European Union reimposed sanctions on Iran’s third-largest bank and 32 shipping companies

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TEHRAN, April 9. /TASS/. Tehran will not sign the final agreement on nuclear program until all sanctions are lifted, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by Reuters as saying on Thursday.

"We will not sign any agreement until all sanctions are lifted on the same day," Rouhani said. We want a mutually beneficial deal for all parties involved in the negotiations process on the nuclear dossier," the president added.

"A political statement is not Iran’s only achievement at talks on nuclear program with Sextet. The main achievement at negotiations is that US President Barack Obama admitted that Iranian people are not scared. And it is a triumph for our country that the strongest military power in the world has admitted this," Rouhani stressed. The president said Iran seeks constructive cooperation with the rest of the world.

The statement comes just days after Iran and P5+1 group (Russia, US, UK, China, France and Germany) reached a breakthrough agreement in Switzerland’s Lausanne on restricting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for gradual lifting of sanctions. The deadline for coordinating the final agreement is June 30.

According to the deal, Iran will not enrich uranium no higher than to 3.67% for the next 15 years. Tehran will also cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium from around 10 tons to 300 kilograms. Iran agreed not to set up new facilities for uranium enrichment in the next 15 years, and vowed not to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and conduct research in this sphere.

On Wednesday, the European Union reimposed sanctions on Iran’s third-largest bank and 32 shipping companies. The restrictive measures will remain in force for one year. In January, an EU court annulled sanctions against Bank Tejarat and 40 shipping companies, finding no evidence of their support for nuclear weapons proliferation.

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