Deputy FM: New EU Anti-Iran Sanctions to Undermine N. Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi warned that the EU’s imposition of the so-called human rights sanctions on Iran will weaken the efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action during the ongoing Vienna talks.
“The Islamic Republic considers the new sanctions as nuclear-related ones, because the EU decided to impose the bans amid nuclear talks in Vienna,” Araqchi said on Thursday, adding, “The measure will weaken current negotiations and efforts to revive the deal.”
“The European side has neglected its duty to react to a recent terrorist attack on an Iranian nuclear site [in Natanz], while they are pretending to pursue human rights,” he noted.
The EU on Monday April 12, issued a communique announcing that eight Iranian officials and three foundations have been added to the list of “human rights” sanctions.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the European Union for sanctioning 8 Iranian officials, stressing that sanctions can never subdue Tehran to give concessions to the West.
Zarif strongly criticized the EU for adding the names of 8 Iranian officials and 3 foundations to its list of “human rights” sanctions, adding, "In recent years, the European Union has shown that it is gradually losing its relevance in international relations by failing to meet its obligations and succumbing to US pressure.”
“Instead of condemning the US move to pose a terrorist threat to the food and medicine security of 82 million Iranians and to take serious action against the enrichment site incident, they simply ignored it and at the same time imposed sanctions on Iranian military officials. These only prove that the EU has no place in the world," he went on to say.
"We will deal with this action. Yesterday, we announced some of the decisions of the Islamic Republic regarding this action, and we are considering sanctions against Europeans who were involved in this illegal action, and we will continue this process," Zarif stated.
"A Europe in which xenophobia and anti-Islamism have created terrible conditions for Muslims has neither a reputation nor a place to sanction Iranian officials," the foreign minister noted.