Iran’s Supreme Leader says sanctions must lift when nuclear deal is signed

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader challenged on Thursday two of the United States’ bedrock principles in the nuclear negotiations, declaring that all economic sanctions would have to be lifted on the day any agreement is signed and that military sites would be strictly off limits to foreign inspectors.

The assertions by the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, could be tactical, intended to give both the negotiators and himself some political space to get hard-liners and others slowly accustomed to the framework of a deal with the United States and other world powers — reached just a week ago — that would guarantee that Iran will not make nuclear weapons. But they also illustrated the difficult hurdles that lie ahead.

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In his remarks, Mr. Khamanei also strongly criticized Iran’s regional competitor, Saudi Arabia — calling its new leaders “inexperienced youngsters” — a sign of rising regional tensions that could pose another threat to the negotiations, even as diplomats strive to keep the issues on separate tracks.

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