Iran slams US for seeking more sanctions

Iran says the United States’ persistence to put pressure Tehran through sanctions is undiplomatic.

“These measures totally contradict the international negotiations which require good will, mutual respect, and trust building,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in an interview with IRNA on Saturday.

Afkham also rejected the US accusations that Tehran supports terrorism.

“Accusing Iran of supporting terrorism, which [itself] is one of the biggest victims of terrorism and [stands] at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, extremism, and violence, is… misunderstanding of the concept of terrorism,” she said.

The spokeswoman further criticized recent claims by Washington about the violation of human rights in Iran, including detention of people during the 2009 presidential election. Afkham said such claims are clear instances of the US government’s interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

Afkham’s remarks come as Iran is preparing for a new round of talks with six major world powers in the Austrian capital Vienna on Tuesday.

Iran and the sextet– the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – inked an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, last November. The deal came into force on January 20th.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure, and the world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief and release more than USD 4 billion of Tehran’s oil revenues.

By Press TV


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