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Iran warns impending EU oil embargo will have ‘negative impact’ on nuclear talks

Published: June 26, 2012 | 9:08 am
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says the EU embargo on its oil sales will have “a negative impact” on Tehran’s negotiations with world powers over its controversial nuclear program.

Tuesday’s warning by Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast follows the failure of the last round of negotiations in Moscow between Iran and the five Security Council members and Germany.

The EU sanctions were imposed earlier this year over Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment — a possible pathway to nuclear weapons. The sanctions take effect on Sunday.

Iran is already under four sets of U.N. sanctions and measures levied by the United States. During the Moscow talks, Tehran tried — with no success — to get some of the sanctions eased. The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, a charge Tehran denies.

The Associated Press.

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