Zarif Bitterly Challenges Western Governments For unlawful Sanctions

Tehran – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  in his letter to his counterparts bitterly challenged the western governments for unlawful sanctions on Iran, the foreign ministry media department said.

Zarif, an International Law professor at Iranian universities, said that the western governments have violated International Law by the sanctions and are pleased with applying the illegal act, because, they want to inflict heavier damage on Iranian economy.

In the letter, the Iranian foreign minister highlighted Iran's principled and firm stands on nuclear talks with the western governments, it said.

Iran strongly ruled out any illogical and humiliating demands proposed by the other party during nuclear talks, it said.

Iran has adopted some practical, balanced and factual solutions in line with the country's interests and rights, it said.

'I am quite confident that clinching the comprehensive deal is accessible,' Zarif said in his letter.

All sides should prove their political will and admit realities prior to designation of the right path away from hue and cry mounted by pressure groups and consider the benefit of the international community, it said.

Zarif forwarded the letter to foreign ministers of the United Nations member states to rally support of the international community against the ominous goals behind the sanctions on Iran.

US treatment of terrorism distrustful - Larijani

On the other hand in Baghdad,  Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said here on Thursday that the way the US is treating the issue of terrorism is distrustful.

In a meeting with the Leader of Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, he said suggesting such issues as 'moderate terrorism' is a deception.

Referring to his tour of three countries of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, he expressed happiness over the fact that security situation has been remarkably improved in these countries.

He commented on the ongoing political crisis in Syria and reiterated that plans proposed by some countries are positive.

The Iranian Majlis speaker further termed political peace in Iraq as key to its development and said unity among different groups was necessary for full establishment of tranquility and stability in the country.

Al-Hakim, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the deep strategic relations existing between the two neighboring states.

He hailed Iran's assistance rendered to Iraq from the very beginning days of terrorist attacks and said Iran rushed to help the Iraqi nation in only a few days.

He further described the political atmosphere in Iraq as positive and said Tehran-Baghdad political and economic cooperation will be fruitful.

Larijani is visiting Iraq on the third leg of a regional tour which has already taken him to Syria and Lebanon.