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UK: No more sanctions on Iran, for now

Press TV - The UK foreign secretary says the international community should not rush to impose more sanctions on Iran, saying the move could destroy Washington's new approach.

Speaking before the Parliament, David Miliband said Tuesday that "Now is not the time to be rushing for more sanctions."

"Now is the time to be backing the American outreach that is a once-in-a-generation opportunity not just for us but for the Iranians," Miliband told the British lawmakers.

The foreign secretary made the remarks after US President Barack Obama had said in a Nowruz (Persian New Year) message that he seeks a "new beginning" with Tehran.

"For nearly three decades relations between our nations have been strained. But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together," the US president had said in his message.

Iran and the US have not had any diplomatic relations for almost thirty years.

Since severing ties with Iran in 1980, the US has imposed a number of sanctions against the country for allegations including sponsoring terrorism and pursuing a military nuclear program.

Miliband also noted the US offer "represents the best chance Iran will ever have to normalize its relations with the rest of the world and above all to normalize its relations with the US."

The Bush administration spearheaded efforts to impose three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions against the country over its refusal to halt nuclear program.

The US and the west accuse Tehran, a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran, however, says its uranium enrichment program is a peaceful drive to produce nuclear energy for the country's growing demand.

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