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Top Advisor: US Congressmen’s Sanctions Bill against Iran Presented under Zionists Pressures

TEHRAN, Dec. 24, 2013 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speakers top advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam rapped the sanctions bill introduced by Senators Robert Menendez and Mark Kirk to the Congress, and said the US officials and lawmakers are acting under the pressures exerted by the Zionist capitalists.

"Capitalism, and not democracy, has the last say in the US and the US congressmen should also pursue the goals and words of the US capitalists which are mostly Zionists," Sheikholeslam said on Tuesday.

Last week, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) introduced a new sanctions bill which was co-sponsored by 24 other senators across the aisle.

The Obama administration claims to be clashing with the Congress over the issue of Iran sanctions. Many members of the Congress want to impose new sanctions on Tehran, but Obama has threatened to veto a sanctions bill.

Sheikholeslam said that the US congressmens behavior is the result of the illusions created by the Zionist lobbies against Iran, and added, "The Zionist lobbies are highly powerful in the US Congress, hence we always witness the US Congress moves against Iran."

Such behavior is in violation of the Geneva Agreement (between Iran and the six world powers) and means that the Congress is ignoring the US interests for the sake of the Zionist lobbies, he explained.

"And there are many cases in which the American nations interests are sacrificed for the sake of the Zionist regimes goals," he added

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, in a meeting with visiting Head of the European Parliaments Delegation for Relations with Iran Tarja Cronberg, called on the parties to the Geneva Deal with Tehran to push back the meddling and pressures exerted against the agreement by the opponents of the Iran-world powers.

Takht Ravanchi pointed to attempts by certain countries to rock the boat in the Geneva talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), and underlined Irans serious determination to settle the nuclear issue, while remaining committed to the existing principles.

Cronberg, for her part, voiced full support of the European Parliament and the European Union for the nuclear talks and the Geneva agreement with Iran.

On November 24, Iran and the Group 5+1 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 it didnt keep its promise.

Senior US administration officials argued that the new punitive 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.

Last Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in separate phone calls with US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton voiced Tehrans discontent with the recent sanctions imposed by the US against Iranian firms and individuals.

In his phone talk with Kerry, Zarif discussed the recent developments in the implementation of the joint agreement reached by Iran and the Group 5+1, and underlined that his country is disgruntled at the US fresh sanctions against Iran.

The Iranian foreign minister also phoned Ashton to once again reiterate that the two sides should step towards confidence-building measures.

Last Sunday, Zarif deplored Washingtons recent move, and said Tehran would show a well-assessed and goal-oriented reaction to any measure adopted by the world powers in violation of the deal.

"The Americans have taken improper measures in the last few days and we have given the appropriate response to them after considering all aspects of the issue," Zarif said.

He stressed that Tehran is seriously pursuing the Geneva negotiations with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), "and we will, of course, show proper, well-assessed, targeted and smart reaction to any improper and unconstructive measure (of the opposite side even if it doesnt violate the Geneva agreement)".

Meantime, the foreign minister said the nuclear negotiations are moving on a rough path with many ups and downs before the attainment of the final results, "which is not something unexpected as we had foreseen this since the very first day".


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