US house sanctions ‘complicate’ nuclear solution: Iran
TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran said on Thursday the new sanctions approved by the US House of Representatives aimed at curbing Teheran’s controversial nuclear drive will only serve to complicate efforts to negotiate a solution.
The House approved the new measures on Wednesday as a means to prevent Iran gaining nuclear weapons capability, sending a signal to Teheran before its new president is sworn in in parliament on Sunday.
The measure, which overwhelmingly passed 400-20, would slap strict limits on Iran’s already heavily-sanctioned oil industry, as well as on other sectors of the country’s ailing economy, including the automobile and mining sectors.
“The only influence these sanctions have is to make finding a solution to existing issues more complicated and more difficult... especially on the issue of nuclear talks,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told Isna news agency.