Iran: New US sanctions violate spirit of nuclear talks

December 31, 2014 14:14

DUBAI - Iran criticized the latest U.S. sanctions on nine targets who Washington says have helped Tehran avoid existing sanctions or commit human rights abuses, saying they contravened the spirit of international talks on Iran's nuclear program.

The new targets include five individuals and one entity suspected of assisting the Iranian government to buy or acquire US currency, and two companies linked to human rights violations.

Iran said the US move contradicted the spirit of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six powers known as "P5+1" - the United States, France, Germany, Russia, China and Britain.

"At a time negotiations are underway with P5+1, such a move raises doubts about America's intentions and violates the good will principles," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

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