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Iran oil embargo meant to politicize atmosphere for 5+1 talks: MP
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_jan02_26_02_ep5.jpgTEHRAN – MP Kazem Jalali has said the European Union’s oil embargo against Iran is meant to politicize the atmosphere for a new round of negotiations between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany). 
The EU formally adopted oil embargo against Iran and agreed a freeze on the assets of the Central Bank of Iran on Monday while existing contracts will be honored until July 1.
The EU’s decision was hasty and ill-intentioned, Jalali, who is the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told the Mehr News Agency in an interview published on Wednesday. 
“The new sanctions run counter to remarks by the European Union and major countries about the resolution of issues through negotiations and dialogue,” Jalali said, calling on Europe to avoid radicalizing the international atmosphere.  
“The radicalization of the international atmosphere will harm the interests of the European Union and the United States,” he noted.  
Quite contrary to its claims, the EU is pursuing a policy of pressure and sanctions instead of negotiations, the veteran lawmaker added. 
Jalali also said, “The European Union must be aware that it can never compel the Islamic Republic to succumb to their will and undermine the Iranian nation’s determination to achieve glory and independence, access modern technologies, and safeguard its rights, through the intensification of the pressure.” 
“The European Union is seeking to politicize the atmosphere ahead of nuclear talks with Iran and is aware that sanctions on Iran’s oil exports cannot be implemented since the world is not limited to a number of European countries,” the MP commented. 
New sanctions are part of the psychological warfare campaign against the Iranian nation, Jalali said. 
“The European Union is aware that Iran is a powerful country whose governing system has legitimacy and enjoys popular support,” he stated. 
Jalali also said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is experienced enough and is a powerful country in the regional and international arenas. 
5+1 calls for negotiations are diplomatic lip service
MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh says the 5+1 group’s calls for negotiations are nothing but “diplomatic lip service.” 
“The European Union’s adoption of the policy of imposing more sanctions in addition to the United Nations Security Council resolutions indicates that the 5+1 call for negotiation is nothing more than diplomatic lip service,” Falahatpisheh, who is a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told ISNA in an interview published on Wednesday. 
He also said, “The wall of lack of confidence between Iran and the 5+1 cannot be pulled down through (EU foreign policy chief) Ms. (Catherine) Ashton’s expression of hope.” 
Falahatpisheh added, “Under the current circumstances, the 5+1 call for negotiations, without announcing the agenda and the content of negotiations, should not be taken seriously unless we see” a departure from the policy of imposing sanctions. 
He also said that the policy of signaling readiness for negotiations and exerting pressure on the Islamic Republic at the same time goes against all international regulations.

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