Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has strongly criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks on Wednesday saying "the US is trying to impose a negative atmosphere over the negotiations. This will face Iranian reciprocal answer", Iran's IRNA news agency reported.
Afkham said on Thursday that "while the US officials should be after attracting the Iranian nationˈs public opinion with regards to their several-decade-old animosity against Iran, they are apparently insisting on their unrealistic and ambiguous outlook" on the country.
"While only a few days are remaining to the new round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) such statements darken the positive atmosphere of talks," the spokesperson said.
The spokeswoman said the Islamic Republic stands firmly behind its rights and principles and advises the US to stop pressuring Iran to change its nuclear positions because it already failed once.
"The American officials should abandon their bias perception and look more seriously to the international environment and adapt to the new realities of the 21st century. The US should abandon its hostilities towards the Iranian people. The US administration's latest threats signal their lack of good intentions" she added.
The US Secretary of State; John Kerry told CNN on Wednesday that the sanctions imposed on Iran are still in place and Iran is well aware of them. Kerry warned France saying it would face sanctions if engaged in business with Iran.
"The United States said it will take reciprocal steps against Iran's trading partners in Germany and other European countries because they violate the sanctions imposed on Iran" Kerry said.