Zarif rejects sanctions regime for resolving problems

YEREVAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister has criticized the use of sanctions as a way for resolving problems, saying that the West needs to stop exerting pressure when both sides are close to reach an agreement.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on Tuesday.

Emphasizing the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, Zarif reiterated that the Islamic Republic had no problem with proving it.

However, he stressed, imposing sanctions was not a proper way to settle differences; “now that we are so close to reach an agreement in the negotiations, the other side needs to stop exerting pressure on Iran.”

On the agreement signed by Iranian and Russian defense ministers, Zarif highlighted the negotiations on delivery of S-300 missile defense system and expressed hope those talks would lead to a solution.

Rejecting extremism and stressing moderation as the key to coexistence, Zarif said the nature of relations between Iran and Armenia is a proof that Muslims and Christians could have a peaceful coexistence. 

On the 12th Joint Commission in Tehran to boost cooperation, Zarif said the event had led to very good results, and expressed hope for further development of ties between the two countries.

Zarif further stressed the need for a serious political will to reach a solution for carrying out power plant projects. “We need to solve some technical problems first. The project manager has provided solutions and we will soon implement them."

Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian also emphasized the importance of Karabakh issue and said, “Armenia appreciates Iran’s position in this regard.” He expressed hope the Karabakh conflict be resolved based on international principles.

Pointing to Iran’s nuclear talks with 5+1, Nalbandian said Armenia welcomes both sides to reach an agreement and hopes that negotiations between Iran and the West come to fruition in the near future; "the consensus over nuclear talks benefits Iran, the region and the international community," Nalbandian concluded.



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