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Anti-Iran sanctions must be lifted all at once: Top MP

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A senior Iranian lawmaker says the nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers should lead to the lifting of sanctions against the country all at once.

“All sanctions [against Iran] should be lifted at once because these sanctions are imposed over the nuclear issue, and once the nuclear issue has been resolved under a mutual agreement, persistence of such levers of pressure would be devoid of any logic,” Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee at Iran’s Majlis, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said Saturday.

He said that Iran has been totally sincere in its nuclear issue by taking practical steps as demanded by the Geneva interim deal signed between Tehran and the six powers a year ago.

He added that the opposite side involved in the talks should reciprocate as well, stressing that the Islamic Republic will by no means submit to “US excessive demands.”

The top lawmaker said that the latest talks over Tehran’s nuclear work in the Omani captain of Muscat failed to yield favorable results due to the US acquisitiveness and the opposite side’s insistence on the gradual removal of the sanctions.

He hoped that the US would adopt a more logical approach in the next round of nuclear talks in the Austrian city of Vienna on November 18 to pave the way for the conclusion of a comprehensive nuclear deal.

Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group — the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – wrapped up their latest talks over Iran’s nuclear program in the Omani capital, Muscat, on November 11.

On the top of the agenda of Muscat talks were the extent of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

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