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Tehran's Interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani

Tehran's Interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani

An Iranian cleric says the West must tread the path of wisdom and moderation in the negotiations with Iran to avert creating any potential problems for the world. Tehran's interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani said the sanctions that have been imposed against Iran over its nuclear energy program will only create more problems for the West and the world economy. Arrogant powers should fear the passion, enthusiasm and fervor of the Iranian people, who will never accept humiliation, he added. On July 1, the European Union (EU) sanctions, adopted under US pressure, against Iran's oil and financial sectors came into effect. The sanctions prevent all EU member states from purchasing Iran's oil or extending insurance coverage for tankers carrying the Iranian crude. The US administration has also approved sanctions on Iranian crude oil, which penalize other countries for buying or selling Iran’s crude. Washington’s sanctions entered into effect on June 28. This comes as Iran and the P5+1, comprising Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany, held an expert-level meeting on July 3 in the Turkish city of Istanbul with the participation of representatives and experts from both sides. Tehran and the six world powers had agreed to hold the expert-level talks during their negotiations in the Russian capital, Moscow, in mid-June. The sanctions by the US and EU are aimed at mounting pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program, which Washington, Israel and some of their allies claim may include a military aspect. Iran dismisses the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. HMV/HGH/SS
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