Iran denies assets frozen in Germany: spokesperson

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-08 23:13:47|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TEHRAN, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed the reports that Germany has blocked parts of the Islamic republic's financial assets as "baseless," according to the ministry's website.

The reports aimed at creating a "psychological war" as Iran and Europe are in talks over the former's nuclear standoff, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said.

"During the Friday talks in Vienna between the foreign ministers of Iran and other parties to the Iran nuclear deal, the German and Iranian delegations discussed ways to develop better mechanisms for further expansion of economic and banking relations between the two sides," said Qasemi.

"Unfortunately, a psychological war by some extra-regional states and anti-Iran groups has been waged over the past days and weeks as Iran and other parties to the nuclear deal were engaged in talks over the future of the 2015 agreement," Qasemi said.

The moves target ties between Iran and the European states, he said, calling for "vigilance against such dirty propaganda."

On Friday, a ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal, also known as Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was held in Vienna.

Iran signed the landmark nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany in 2015 to halt its nuclear weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief.

However, U.S. President Donald Trump decided on May 8 to quit the JCPOA and vowed to re-impose sanctions, including oil embargo, on Tehran. He has urged international ventures and the U.S. allies to reduce their trade with Iran.