1 September 2014 - 13:26
  • News Code: 223919
US Sanctions Hamper Permanent Deal

TEHRAN Sep. 1 (Shana)--Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said any new sanctions may make roads to a nuclear deal difficult.

He said there was a mentality among the US officials which led them to think that they would succeed in their campaign against Iran through coercive measures.
“We always believed that this mentality is dangerous and unconstructive which makes a deal more difficult to achieve,” Zarif told reporters in a joint press conference Sunday in Tehran with his Finn counterpart Erkki Tuomioja, adding that the US should take the responsibility of its actions to hamper the course of negotiations.
“We keep the right to retaliate with similar actions if necessary; however, our foremost commitment is to hammer out a deal with Powers, and work to abort such mentality in the region and in international level as well,” he said.
Zarif told reporters that Iran believes that there is a possibility for an agreement which guarantees peace and security in the region.
“We should not concern with addressing concerns of others who would not welcome a solution. We are serious and have a mutual understanding with our society,” Zarif said.
Asked what sort of agreement would satisfy Iran, the Iranian official said that Iran was committed to Geneva Joint Plan of Action provisions.
"One which guarantee that Iran’s nuclear program will remain peaceful, and the other which removes all sanctions and restrictions,” Zarif elaborated.
“We believe that nuclear weapons would have a devastating effect on our national security,” he added.
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