Iran deal cast in doubt as deadline looms

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has put a comprehensive deal to lift sanctions in exchange for intrusive inspections of Iranian nuclear installations and personnel in doubt with remarks made Tuesday.

“We don’t accept 10-year restriction. We have told the negotiating team how many specific years of restrictions are acceptable,” he said. “Research and development must continue during the years of restrictions.”

The supreme leader also accused the US of offering a “complicated formula” for lifting US, EU and UN sanctions which have crippled Iran’s economy.

“Lifting of sanctions can’t depend on implementation of Iran’s obligations,” he warned.

Opponents of the negotiations have long held that political calculations, especially on the part of the Obama Administration eager to make a “legacy defining” breakthrough, would lead to an agreement that tilted more in favor of Iranian interests rather than peace and world stability.

A June 30 deadline looms and many details have yet to be ironed out. Indications by several participants have suggested the deadline could be passed. A U.S. Senate resolution, however, has backdropped the deadline with a hard deadline of July 9 before additional aggressive measures could be considered.