Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed US President Barack Obama's recent comments on Iran as unacceptable, stressing that Tehran will not give in to excessive demands by the other side in the nuclear negotiations, Iran's Press TV reported March 3.
On March 2, Obama said Iran should agree to freeze sensitive nuclear activity for at least 10 years, if it seeks a comprehensive final deal over its nuclear program.
He defended the talks for an interim nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic, but said the odds are against the negotiations with Iran ending in an agreement.
The US president also criticized a plan by lawmakers in the Senate to impose additional sanctions on Iran if no deal is reached by July 1.
"It is clear that Mr. Obama's comments are meant to win the US public opinion and counter the propaganda campaign by the Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] and that of other radical parties opposed to the negotiations [over Tehran's nuclear energy program]," Zarif told reporters March 3, describing the American president's latest remarks on Iran as "unacceptable."
"The remarks by Mr. Obama clearly point to the fact that the US, which has over the past decades, either directly or indirectly threatened the Islamic Republic of Iran and imposed many cruel and illegal sanctions [against the country], has come to the conclusion that the policy of threats and sanctions is a failed policy," Zarif added.
Iran's top diplomat further emphasized that neither threats nor sanctions could dent the country's determination to develop peaceful nuclear technology.
Zarif said Iran entered into the talks with the P5+1 countries - the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany - with an honest approach and will continue the negotiations to restore the Iranian nation's rights.
Iran will not give in to excessive demands and irrational approaches by the opposite side, he stressed.
Iran and the P5+1 countries - Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany - have missed two deadlines since an interim deal was signed in November 2013. They have set July 1 as the next deadline for the talks.