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Official: US Fresh Sanctions on Iranian Firms Ruin Mutual Confidence-Building

TEHRAN, Dec. 14, 2013 (FNA)- Head of the Iranian Parliaments Research Center Kazzem Jalali deplored the new sanctions imposed on Iranian firms and individuals by the US as a measure in clear opposition to confidence-building which underlay the negotiations between Tehran and the six major world powers in Geneva on November 24.

"We should try to make these talks bear fruit and the new decision by the US to impose new sanctions on Iran is in violation of sincere and confidence-building talks," Jalali said in a meeting with the Head of the Delegation for relations with Iran in the European Parliament Tarja Cronberg in Tehran on Saturday.

He underlined that the West does not have a clear understanding of the Iranian societys realities and for the same reason it commits mistake in its decision-makings about Iran.

Cronberg, for her part, pointed to the Iranian nations rich history and culture, and said, "The European parliament supports the outcomes of the Iran-Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) talks and hopes that the talks can proceed through constructive actions."

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham lashed out at the US, particularly the US Treasury and State Departments, for imposing fresh sanctions against the Iranian firms and individuals.

Afkham stressed that unfortunately we are witnessing serious confusion in the US officials approaches, decisions and statements.

She added while the US officials are apparently trying to convince some members of the US Congress to prevent approval of new sanctions against Iran, the US Treasury and State Departments are doing a useless move to impose sanctions against Iranian companies and several foreign firms.

Afkham continued that some groups inside and outside of the US government are trying to kill Geneva deal, adding that these people think that sanctions, not understanding, is the final solution.

The US Treasury Department on Thursday added names of 19 persons and Iranian and foreign companies to the sanction list.

According to the statement of the US Treasury Department on Thursday, companies such as; Ayvaz Technic, Marow Sanat, Negin Partou Khavar, Quds aerial Sanaye, and Irans Aerial Industry Organization are under sanctions.

Asia mid-oil company, Sanka Tanker Company, registered in Singapore, and Fairland Company are in the list, too.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members- Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany sealed an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the dispute between the West and Iran over Tehrans nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the six countries undertook to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The United States also agreed to refrain from slapping new sanctions on Iran, but senior administration officials argued that Thursdays measures were taken as part of the existing sanctions regime against Tehran.

Iranian negotiators in Vienna halted nuclear talks with major world powers to return to Tehran for consultations after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions.

The negotiators had been discussing the implementation of a landmark interim accord agreed last month with the Group 5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany).

"The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the G5+1 for consultations in Tehran," a negotiator said on Thursday.


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