Official Warns EU about Iran's Response to Fresh Sanctions
A senior Iranian foreign ministry official warned the European Union about Iran's reaction to the EU's new sanctions against Tehran, FARS reported.
"The European Union will face an appropriate and firm response from Iran should it pursues the policy of imposing sanctions," Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani said in a meeting with Germany's State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, Wolf-Ruthart Born in Berlin on Thursday.
During the meeting, Ahani warned that confrontational policies will bear no fruit, and stated, "The policy of imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program will not help to settle the disputes but will inflict the most damage to the European firms."
He dismissed the dual-track policy of diplomacy and sanctions as "deceitful and useless" and urged the European countries to end their confrontational approach towards Iran.
He pointed to the new resolution passed by the UN Security Council on June 9 imposing the fourth round of sanctions on Iran and said the new sanctions against Iran are counterproductive.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister added that countries which voted for the recent UN resolution only aim to undermine the interactive approach of the Tehran Declaration.
Based on the declaration, issued by Iran, Brazil and Turkey on May 17, Tehran announced readiness to exchange 1,200 kg of its low enriched uranium on Turkish soil for fuel for its medical research reactor.
Born, for his part, said that Germany and the EU will pursue their diplomatic efforts to lift sanctions imposed on Iran.