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Iran’s UN Envoy: We Will Not Initiate Confrontation

EXCLUSIVE: Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said that Iran will not "initiate any provocative steps" with the West despite the imposition of draconian sanctions, in a wide-ranging interview with Al-Monitor's ​Laura Rozen and Barbara Slavin. He also described recent nuclear talks as tentative and vague. Read more from the conversation.
NEW YORK - JUNE 09:  Iran's Ambassador to the U.N. Mohammad Khazaee speaks after a U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution on Iran June 9, 2010 in New York City. The Security Council voted today for new sanctions against Iran for its suspect nuclear program. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mohammad Khazaee

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee said Tuesday (July 10) that Iran will not take actions that would escalate confrontation with the West and criticized the international proposal in nuclear negotiations as tentative and vague.

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Al-Monitor at Iran’s UN mission in New York, Khazaee said Iran would not “initiate any provocative steps” such as undertaking higher level enrichment or closing the Strait of Hormuz, despite the imposition on July 1 of draconian new sanctions and little progress to date towards an agreement in talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

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