|Increasing sanctions will poison atmosphere: Iranian nuclear negotiator||
TEHRAN – An Iranian nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday that increasing sanctions on Iran will negatively affect the atmosphere of nuclear talks between Tehran and major powers.
Commenting on a recent sanctions measure by the United States to blacklist an Iranian airline, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, said, “These moves will not be useful. We have stated this point publicly and raised the matter with the American side.”
“Such moves will poison the atmosphere,” the deputy Iranian foreign minister for European and American affairs said.
On the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal, he said that there are several remaining issues that should be resolved on the political level.
He also said that if Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and Helga Schmid, a deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has overseen contacts between Iran and major powers on the country’s nuclear issue, reach an agreement on the implementation of the Geneva accord during their meeting on Thursday and Friday, it will be likely that the implementation of the deal will begin on January 20.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) signed a landmark agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on November 24, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
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