Any agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program must guarantee that all sanctions against that country are lifted, Iran's top nuclear negotiator told reporters Wednesday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi also said Iran insists on being allowed to continue research and development of advanced centrifuges used to enrich uranium — an issue that casts doubt on whether the country's nuclear program is peaceful.
Those two issues appeared to be the remaining sticking points in ongoing talks between Iran and the P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — on a deal aimed at ensuring Iran does not try to develop a nuclear weapon.
"It is not possible to have a deal without lifting sanctions, all sanctions must be removed," Araghchi said. "Until we have solutions to all problems we cannot have a comprehensive agreement."
Another Iranian negotiator, Hamid Baeidinejad, said Tuesday that the P5+1 had agreed to lift sanctions on Iran's oil, gas and banking sectors as soon as a deal is implemented, though details had not been worked out.