Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 29
By Umid Niayesh, Saeed Isayev - Trend: Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs and top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi criticized EU for re-imposing sanctions against Iranian companies, Mehr news agency reported on Nov. 29.
However he underlined that implementation of earlier imposed sanctions is not against new nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries.
"But it is contrary to the spirit of cooperation and goodwill," he added, underlining that the new deal does not include softening of some of the main sanctions imposed on Iran previously.
Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Nov. 24 on Tehran's nuclear program. The two sides have signed a joint "plan of action".
On Nov. 26, the EU re-imposed sanctions on a number lf Iranian shipping companies and one company involved in the development of nuclear reactors.
The companies include: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, Bushehr Shipping Co. Ltd, Hafize Darya Shipping Lines (HDSL), Irano - Misr Shipping Co., Irinvestship Ltd, IRISL (Malta) Ltd, IRISL Club, IRISL Europe GmbH, IRISL Marine Services and Engineering Co., ISI Maritime Ltd, Khazar Shipping Lines, Leadmarine, Marble Shipping Ltd, Safiran Payam Darya Shipping Lines (SAPID), Shipping Computer Services Co., Soroush Saramin Asatir Ship Management, South Way Shipping Agency Co. Ltd and Valfajr 8th Shipping Line Co.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.