Unexpected Demand

Unexpected DemandUnexpected Demand

The Los Angeles Times has claimed in a recent article that the latest obstacle to the talks between Iran and the major powers, which are aimed at reaching a final nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline, is an unexpected new demand from Tehran for quick relief from the United Nations sanctions.   

The newspaper said for most of the last nine months of negotiations, Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) have focused on first easing unilateral economic sanctions imposed by the US and European nations, adding that the P5+1 prefers to wait until later to remove the UN sanctions.  “But in recent weeks, Iran’s negotiators have shifted ground and pressed for quicker relief from the UN measures.”

Iran wants the sanctions lifted in part to strip away the international legitimacy of unilateral US and European sanctions, the paper quoted analysts as saying.