Iran vows not to stand further US sanctions
Updated: 2014-09-09 16:17
TEHRAN -- Iran will no longer stand further sanctions by the United States against the interests of the country, Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.
"In our (bilateral) talks with the U.S. officials, we have announced it clearly that we will not stand these measures (by the United States) any longer," Araqchi said.
Last few months, the United States imposed new sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities while pledging continued work toward a comprehensive solution to the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program.
The U.S. Treasury Department targeted the networks for their alleged support to Iran's missile and nuclear programs as well as terrorism and for helping Tehran evade the existing sanctions.
"These kinds of sanctions go contrary to the spirit of goodwill that should govern the (nuclear) talks," Araqchi said.
The Iranian official referred to the recent talks between Iran and the United States over the issues pertaining to the former's sensitive nuclear program, saying that "there is a good interaction between the sides, but it does not mean that we have solved all our existing problems."
He expressed concerns about any failure to clinch a comprehensive nuclear deal, adding that the outcome will further complicate region's problems and it will be "very dangerous."
Iran and the P5+1 group, including the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, agreed on July 19 to extend the talks until Nov. 24 as disagreements remained over Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity and other issues.