TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The United States should abandon the illusion of pressuring Tehran as means to change its nuclear stance, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by Press TV on Friday.
The Islamic republic is standing firm on its inalienable rights and will never withdraw, Marzieh Afkham said, adding that the U.S. hostility will never force Tehran to give up its nuclear rights.
"The United States is trying to impose a new negative atmosphere on the talks," Afkham said after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent remarks in which he said that the Geneva deal froze and pushed back Iran's nuclear program.
Such remarks tarnish the positive atmosphere between Iran and the six major world powers ahead of a new round of nuclear talks, the Iranian spokeswoman said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new actions targeting a number of companies and individuals around the world for evading U.S. sanctions against Iran.
With the move, the U.S. freezes the assets of the designated sanction-evaders under U.S. jurisdiction and bans American citizens from carrying out transactions with them, the Treasury Department said in a statement.
The targeted companies and individuals are located across the world, operating in Turkey, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Afghanistan, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Liechtenstein, the statement said.
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TEHRAN, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Representatives of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will meet in Tehran on Feb. 8 to hold talks with the aim of determining the next step of cooperation between the two sides, Press TV reported on Friday.
Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi and IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards Tero Tapio Varjoranta will lead the talks, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Thursady. Full story
Iran vows to maintain "peaceful" nuclear program
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry officials said Tuesday that Iran will preserve and maintain its "peaceful" nuclear program.
Talking to reporters at the weekly press conference, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said "Final settlement of nuclear issue and preserving our country's peaceful nuclear program top our agenda" in the negotiations with the P5+1 group, including the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany. Full story