Iran committed to continuing nuclear talks: foreign minister

DUBAI Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:07am EST

A technician is seen at the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan, 450 kilometers south of Tehran February 3, 2007. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

A technician is seen at the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan, 450 kilometers south of Tehran February 3, 2007.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will continue nuclear negotiations with world powers despite "unsuitable actions" which led to it halting technical talks in Vienna, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday.

The United States on Thursday blacklisted additional companies and people under existing sanctions intended to prevent Iran from obtaining the capability to make nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for electricity generation and medical purposes only.

Iran's negotiators on Friday interrupted talks in Vienna on how to implement a nuclear agreement because, its officials said, the U.S. decision was against the spirit of the deal.

"In the last few days unsuitable actions have been taken on the part of Americans which we have responded to in an appropriate manner," Zarif said in a posting on his Facebook page.

"We will continue with negotiations in Geneva with seriousness and we will certainly show a correct, measured and targeted response to any unsuitable action," he said.

The development has highlighted potential obstacles negotiators face in pressing ahead with efforts to resolve a decade-old dispute between the Islamic Republic and the West.

U.S. officials have said the blacklisting move showed that the Geneva deal would not interfere with their policy of economic embargoes designed to curb entities suspected of supporting Iran's nuclear program.

Some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for further sanctions to be imposed against Iran but President Barack Obama has campaigned for Congress to hold off on new measures to provide space for the diplomatic process.

(Reporting by Marcus George; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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Comments (6)
Jocomus wrote:
Iran already got used to enduring various sanctions that new ones won’t have any significant impact. But they walked out of talks just becoz of a symbolic unfriendly gesture from Congress that tried to pull Kerry’s hind leg to rings. There are bound to be ups and downs with these negotiations. Still optimistic despite Israel protest.

Dec 15, 2013 6:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
kenradke11 wrote:
Never mind the diplomatic process Obama(Anti Christ) You try to make yourself look good but all in all it will be all out war against Iran.

Dec 15, 2013 8:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
The sponsors of the new legislation, Rep Peter Roskam (R., Ill), Rep Michael McCaul (R., Texas), Rep Gene Green (D., Texas), Rep Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.) and Rep Eric Cantor (R., VA) should all be forced to register as agents of a foreign government; these guys are working for the State of Israel, AKA: The Jewish State.

The Israel lobby has been working overtime to defeat the new accords reached with Iran; their efforts are bearing fruit; these five US Reps are only a handful of PM Netanyahu’s willing submissives in the US Congress.

Check out who got what from the Israel lobby here:

We Americans have no reciprocal control over the Knesset; the Israelis would never tolerate that….anyone here who complains about this gets branded as an, “anti-Semite”, “Nazi”, “terrorist sympathizer” etc.

Dec 15, 2013 8:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
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