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Iran criticizes U.S. for blacklisting new entities: nuclear negotiator

English.news.cn   2013-12-13 18:11:32            
• Iran's nuclear negotiator criticized U.S. for blacklisting new entities pertaining to Iran's nuclear activities.
• The move "is against the spirit of the Geneva deal spirit," he said.
• The U.S. Thursday blacklisted additional companies and individuals for supporting Iran's nuclear program.


TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi criticized the United States for blacklisting new entities pertaining to Iran's nuclear activities, semi-official Fars news agency reported on Friday.

Blacklisting additional companies and individuals by the United States "is against the spirit of the Geneva deal," Araqchi was quoted as saying, adding "we are studying the situation to adopt a proper response."

The United States on Thursday blacklisted additional companies and individuals for evading earlier sanctions against Iran and supporting its nuclear program.

Washington accused five entities and individuals of attempting to evade international sanctions against Iran and ten of others of involving in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction- related materiel, said a statement issued by the U.S. Departments of the Treasury.

Iran and the P5+1 group, including the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany, struck a deal in Geneva on Nov. 24, in which Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited ease of sanctions which had hurt its economy.


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Editor: Chen Zhi
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