Iran to respond to unthoughtful US stance: Araqchi

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal And International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says Tehran will respond to unthoughtful and inaccurate remarks by American officials.

“Since the Geneva deal, some of the positions adopted by American officials have not been right and [they were] sometimes even against the Geneva agreement,” Araqchi, who is a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the US — plus Germany inked an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24 to set the stage for the full resolution of the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

Under the Geneva deal, the six powers have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

Araqchi said the US had carried out “provocative” measures after the Geneva deal which runs counter to the goodwill and spirit of cooperation necessary for the implementation of the agreement.

He said the US move to impose new sanctions on Iran and exerting pressure on certain countries to enforce bans on the Islamic Republic are examples of Washington’s contradictory policies.

The Iranian diplomat said that Tehran has told American officials not to  try and  resolve their internal problems and the problems they have with their allies at the expense of the Iranian nation’s rights.

“This is definitely an inappropriate [stance] … we will not stand for,” Araqchi pointed out.

On December 12, the administration of US President Barack Obama issued new sanctions against more than a dozen companies and individuals for “providing support” for Tehran’s nuclear program.

The US Treasury Department said it was freezing assets and banning transactions of entities that had attempted to evade the sanctions against Iran.

On December 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the new US sanctions a very wrong move, noting that Tehran still honors the interim nuclear deal it reached with the six world powers.

By Press TV

 

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