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Iran Cites New U.S. Demands as Nuclear Talks Stall on Sanctions

  • New delay in restoring deal comes as informal deadline nears
  • Iran says sanctions on ‘national heroes’ not negotiable
Hossein Amirabdollahian

Hossein Amirabdollahian

Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

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Efforts to restore a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers hit a rough patch Thursday after Tehran complained about new and unjustified demands made by the U.S. and said sanctions-removal on some Iranian entities was non-negotiable. 

Talks in Vienna are set to blow through yet another informal deadline after Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told his European Union counterpart, Josep Borrell, in a phone call that there are “no rational justifications for some of the new demands made by the U.S., and they contradict the U.S.’s position on reaching a deal quickly,” according to a statement by Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.