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March 5, 2015 12:35 am

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.

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

“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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