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FM: Pressures lead to production of 18,000 centrifuges

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 17, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that pressures exerted on Iran by the West not only were not effective but also they have led to the production of some 18,000 centrifuges in the country.

Speaking to Euronews reporter here on the sidelines of a meeting with the visiting European Parliament delegation, Zarif said some believed that pressures would have some results but they are wrong as exerting further pressures on Iran has only led to producing of more centrifuges.

On December 12, the US Treasury Department blacklisted additional companies and individuals for "providing support for" Iran's nuclear energy program.

"It shows a lack of understanding of how to proceed in order to resolve the nuclear issue. Some people are wedded to the idea that pressure will produce results. They are wrong. Pressure has produced 18,000 centrifuges in Iran. So if they want to continue that road – it is open to them, but it doesn't produce any results.

Now that the international community, the United States government and the rest of 5+1 [the five members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany] and Iran have decided to move forward with a path towards resolution of this issue, I think that people should abandon failed policies, failed approaches and adopt new policies. So these activities derail the process, but I think there is a political will on the part of everybody to make sure that the process continues. Iran will react to any action that we consider to be unacceptable or inconducive to a resolution."

Asked if Tehran would stop implementation of the Geneva deal after the US Treasury Department's recent move, Zarif said, If the US Congress adopts new sanctions- or the US administration, through executive order, decides to impose new sanctions, it would run counter to the letter of the Geneva Agreement and that would mean that we don't have a deal, because the deal has been violated.

"I believe that the actions that had been taken have been unhelpful by the US Treasury Department, but it does not mean that they have violated in specific terms the letter of the agreement. It means that they have taken action that would question their intention to resolve this issue through negotiations and that is a major setback. But it doesn't mean that they have taken action to kill the process."

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