Iranian media reports say Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, during a telephone
conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, expressed Iran's
"discontent" over the expansion of a blacklist of companies following a landmark
A State Department official confirmed the telephone call, saying the
conversation "was focused on the way forward."
He said the two spoke on the phone during Kerry's overnight flight to Vietnam on
Iran has previously accused Washington of going against the November interim
agreement by adding a dozen overseas companies and individuals to its blacklist
for evading sanctions imposed on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.
The U.S. decision led to a suspension of talks between Iran and the six world
powers on implementing the deal.
But on December 15, Tehran said the talks would continue despite the move.
With reporting by AFP
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