Iranian Foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear deal would
be 'dead' if the U.S. slaps more sanctions on Iran.
Iranian Foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif shaking hands with US Secretary
of State John Kerry in Geneva on November 4, 2013
Iran's foreign minister says the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and
world powers would be "dead" if the U.S. Congress slaps fresh sanctions on Iran,
even if they do not take effect for six months.
Speaking to the U.S. news magazine, "Time", Javad Zarif said Tehran would not
"negotiate under duress."
On November 24 in Geneva, Iran and six world powers struck an interim deal,
under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for limited relief
from international economic sanctions.
Some U.S. senators have been debating the idea of imposing new sanctions on Iran
that would kick in after six months if Iran violated terms of the November 24
The White House has urged U.S. lawmakers to not pursue further sanctions and
allow time for negotiations to work.
Based on AFP and Reuters reporting
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