Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that negotiations began after the U.S. sent a 'middle-man' to him to say that it wanted to recognize Iran as a nuclear power and lift all sanctions within six months. He highlighted immediate lifting of economic sanctions and the continuation of research and development during the time period limiting enrichment as his red lines for a final nuclear deal.
Senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi stated that the nuclear negotiations' progress "is not what we expected." Officials from Iran, Iraq, and Syria will hold a trilateral meeting in Baghdad in the near future.
The Supreme Leader cautioned Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi against cooperation with the U.S., while praising close relations between Iran and Iraq. President Rouhani highlighted his administration's economic progress under sanctions.