Iran plans to stay in nuclear talks

AFP-JIJI

Tehran said Sunday it will keep talking with world powers on its disputed nuclear program despite a U.S. move to blacklist Iranian companies for evading sanctions.

“We are pursuing the negotiations seriously and of course we will give a well-considered, purposeful, smart and proper reaction to any inappropriate and unconstructive move,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page.

The United States blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals on Thursday for evading its sanctions imposed on Iran to halt what the West sees as its bid to build a nuclear bomb.

The measures angered Iran and prompted its negotiating team to withdraw from the talks in Vienna.