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Rouhani: Iran will only agree to nuclear deal if sanctions lifted

Iran will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani has said in a televised speech.

"We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani said.

The Iranian President had previously said his country would honour the preliminary agreement that was reached on a framework for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

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Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline

World leaders and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours, according to Reuters.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they would stay at least until Thursday in an effort to seal the "political" agreement, a milestone toward a final pact due by the end of June.

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