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Iran Calls EU Sanctions 'Wrong, Illogical'


Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Iran says European Union plans to impose additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program were "wrong and illogical."

At a meeting in Luxembourg on June 14, EU foreign ministers agreed on sanctions that would go beyond the sanctions the UN Security Council imposed on Iran last week.

The proposed measures reportedly would target Iran's key oil and gas industry, as well as trade, including dual-use items, banking and insurance, and Iran's trasport industry.

EU leaders are expected to endorse the measures later this week.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, has countered that sanctions will "not resolve" Iran's row with the West over its nuclear program.

"The carrot-and-stick policy of the EU is wrong and illogical because such measures will not resolve the [nuclear] issue," Mehmanparast said.

On June 14, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said she was ready for talks with Iran's nuclear negotiator Said Jalili over Tehran's nuclear program, which Western states fear is aimed at making weapons. Iran denies this.

Mehmanparast said Ashton had "missed several chances" for negotiations but that her request was nevertheless being reviewed.

compiled from agency reports