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Iranian Legislature Asks Gov’t to Give Crushing Response to US Insults

Politics - The Iranian legislators asked the government to give a crushing response to the recent remarks made by a number of US officials against Tehran.

Members of the parliament in a statement on Thursday urged the government to give a crushing response to the vulgar words made by US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Some 190 out of the total 290 parliamentarians, in a statement read out during an open session of the parliament this morning, described Sherman’s remarks as nonsense, saying she was talking palaver.

In relevant development, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday slammed Sherman for her recent remarks against Iran, and advised her to make statements based on realities.

Sherman said on Tuesday that the six-month interim agreement that was reached with Iran was "not perfect" but it bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal.

"We see this as a first step so we don't consider the gaps that exist loopholes because this is not a final agreement," she told lawmakers.

"This is not perfect but this does freeze and roll back their program in significant ways and give us time on the clock to in fact negotiate that comprehensive agreement," Sherman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Speaking in a joint press conference with Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Madani in Tehran on Wednesday, Zarif called on Sherman to “review the realities even for the internal use”.

He described the US officials’ remarks as a barrier standing in the way of the settlement of disputes over Iran’s nuclear program, and said, “Iran’s nuclear technology is not negotiable.”

Zarif also stressed that the Iranian team of negotiators will never withdraw from the nation’s rights, and “similar to the past, the other side will be forced to give up its wishes”.

His remarks alluded to US President Barack Obama’s comments that Washington has some impossible wishes and its seeks negotiations with Iran to reach a solution based on realities.

On November 24, Iran and the world powers sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.

Then after several rounds of experts talks on how to enforce the agreement, Iran and the six major world powers finalized an agreement on ways to implement the deal.

On January 20, a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has halted its 20-percent enrichment activity under the Geneva deal. Hours later the US and the EU removed part of their sanctions against Tehran.

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