Iran: will continue with Geneva talks despite US' "unsuitable actions"
Iran's Foreign Minister told Reuters Sunday that Iran is still committed to continuing negotiations with world powers despite the United States' recent "unsuitable actions."
"In the last few days unsuitable actions have been taken on the part of Americans which we have responded to in an appropriate manner, [but] we will continue with negotiations in Geneva with seriousness and we will certainly show a correct, measured and targeted response to any unsuitable action," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters.
On Thursday, the United States blacklisted several companies and people under existing sanctions on the grounds that they are trying to help Iran develop nuclear weapons. US officials insist that the Geneva deal "does not interfere" with the country's economic embargo policies against Iran's nuclear program.
Iran responded to the US saying that its blacklist decision "is against the spirit of the deal," and has continued to reaffirm that Tehran's nuclear program is for electricity-generation purposes only.
Some US congressmen are even pushing for further sanctions against Iran despite US President Barack Obama's efforts to convince lawmakers otherwise. A vote on the proposed new sanction legislation is expected to be held in January.