Iran wants sanctions lifted: Afkham

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Iran has reiterated that it wants Western sanctions against the country lifted.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham holding weekly briefing session in TehranIranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a weekly press conference on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic reiterated its demand in the recent round of negotiations with the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear program that the Western bans against the country need to be removed.

No final deal will be made until all issues on the agenda of the talks are agreed upon, Afkham further quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.

She also said “Iran has always rejected excessive demands in the nuclear talks,”

Afkham highlighted that Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and must enjoy its rights under the accord, including peaceful nuclear work.

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and of the P5+1 countries will resume nuclear talks on Thursday, Afkham noted.

Elsewhere in her remarks, she pointed to the Iraqi army’s battle against terrorists, saying Iran “as a neighboring country has acted responsibly” and offered advisory assistance to the Iraqi government to help it fight terrorists.

She then turned to the disagreements between Egypt and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, urging Cairo officials to hold talks with Hamas to settle their disputes.

On the situation in Yemen, Afkham underlined that Iran is against foreign interference in Yemen, saying a domestic solution is required to settle the problems in the country.

She then touched upon Iran’s humanitarian assistance to Yemen, saying, “This is not the first time Iran is sending humanitarian aid to Yemen.”

She also announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin is due in Iran in the near future.

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