Iran says new U.S. sanctions "unconstructive": spokesperson

Iran says new U.S. sanctions "unconstructive": spokesperson
# 13 December 2013 19:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA New U.S. sanctions targeting entities pertaining to Iran's nuclear activities is an " unconstructive" move, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Such measures are unconstructive and not in line with the Geneva deal," Afkham was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

"Some groups both inside and outside of the U.S. government want to kill the Geneva deal," Afkham said, adding that "these groups mistakenly suppose that the sanctions, but not reaching an agreement, would be the final solution" to Iran's nuclear issue.

"We advice the United States to have firm stance and not to be intimidated by the hard-liners who are against the Geneva negotiations," she said.

The U.S. government is fully responsible for the repercussions of such unsound measures, she noted.

The United States on Thursday blacklisted additional companies and individuals for evading earlier sanctions against Iran and supporting its nuclear program.

Washington accused five entities and individuals of attempting to evade international sanctions against Iran and ten of others of involving in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction- related materiel, said a statement issued by the U.S. government.

Last month, Iran and the P5+1 group announced they had reached a deal after five days of marathon talks in Geneva.

Under the agreement, the United States and its allies will provide Iran with limited sanction relief on its oil, gold, petrochemicals, civil aviation, and auto industries with an estimated value of about 7 billion U.S. dollars during the six- month deal.

In exchange, Iran agreed to halt enrichment above 5 percent and begin neutralizing its stockpile of near-20 percent uranium by diluting or converting. Both parties have called the deal an important "initial step for confidence building."

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