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Iran's Rouhani Says US Has Agreed to Lift Major Sanctions

• by Dave DeCamp

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US agreed to lift most major sanctions on Iran during the latest round of nuclear talks in Vienna. He said only "minor issues" need to be worked out in the fifth round of negotiations which will begin next week.

"The talks in Vienna are about minor issues. They have accepted to lift sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping sectors as well as sanctions on the central bank and others," Rouhani said during a televised cabinet meeting.

Rouhani's comments offered the most optimistic assessment of the Vienna talks to come out of Iran. But also on Thursday, an unnamed Iranian official told Iran's PressTV that the US has not agreed to lift all major sanctions but instead said it would temporarily suspend them. "Washington intends to temporarily suspend some of the sanctions over a long period of time and in various steps," the official said.