Iran Strikes Hard Line at Nuclear Talks

No new sanctions, previous deal only a 'draft'

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To no one's surprise, Iranian officials made maximalist demands as negotiations over its nuclear program opened in Vienna.

Iran's top negotiator, Ali Bagheri, demanded the lifting of all sanctions and a commitment of no further sanctions from world powers. He also referred to the 2015 JCPOA as a "draft" agreement that could be altered.

“Drafts are subject to negotiation. Therefore nothing is agreed on unless everything has been agreed on,” he said. “On that basis, all discussions that took place in the six rounds are summarized and are subject to negotiations. This was admitted by all parties in today’s meeting as well.”

European officials rejected that interpretation of previous agreements and emphasized that Iran must allow access to its nuclear sites to UN inspectors.

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