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Iran not to have good relations with West until sanctions are lifted — foreign minister

April 13, 2015, 17:25 UTC+3 TEHRAN
Sanctions and good relations are mutually exclusive, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a press conference
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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TEHRAN, April 13. /TASS/. Iran cannot have good relations with the Western countries until they lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a press conference on Monday.

"The Iranian people are not optimistic about future relations between Iran and the West, as Western countries were the reason of many difficulties that the Islamic Republic [or Iran] had to go through over the last years," Zarif said. "Sanctions and good relations are mutually exclusive," he added. "Until sanctions are in place, we cannot have good relations with those who imposed them," the foreign minister stressed.

Zarif stressed that Iran does not want sanctions lifted at any cost. "We want sanctions lifted, but the cost of that is also important to us. We will not accept the cancellation of sanctions, the price of which is infringing on our national interests and dignity," he noted.

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