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Great Satan US shows Real Face: Obama adviser says Iran sanctions relief ‘will be phased’

11 April 2015 11:00


White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says removal of anti-Iran sanctions will be phased after Tehran said sanctions must be lifted on the day of a nuclear deal.

“It’s very clear and understood that sanctions relief will be phased,” Rhodes said on Friday.

“The fact of the matter is, we have framework. The president has said if the details don’t bear out, we won’t have a deal,” he added.

The remark was made after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that all sanctions must be immediately removed when a final nuclear deal is reached.

A landmark framework agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – in Switzerland on April 2.

The two sides will work to draw up a final accord by the end of June.

Iran insists all sanctions should be removed once the framework understanding reached in Switzerland is finalized.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that Tehran would not sign any final nuclear accord unless “all economic sanctions are totally lifted” on the first day of the implementation of the deal.

US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said on Thursday the sanctions would be lifted in “a phased manner” as part of a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

“Sanctions will be suspended in a phased manner upon verification that Iran has met specific commitments under a finalized joint comprehensive plan of action,” he said.

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