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Iranian FM Rejects US Demand to Halt Sensitive Nuclear Activity for 10 Years

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called demands by President Obama "unacceptable." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called US President Barack Obama’s demand that Iran freeze sensitive nuclear activity for at least a decade as part of an agreement with world powers “unacceptable.”

Zarif’s statement, made in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland, came a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran needs to commit to halting its sensitive nuclear work for 10 years in order for a deal to be reached.

The Iranian semi-official Fars news agency quoted Zarif saying that Iran “will not accept excessive and illogical demands.”

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“Obama’s stance… is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases,” Zarif said.

But Zarif said that negotiations with world powers will continue. “That’s why we are here. … The only way to move forward is through negotiations,” he said.

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