Iran’s Larijani blasts west over nuclear deal

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at the West on Saturday for trying to dupe Iran with a proposed nuclear fuel deal, just a day after the foreign minister said that agreement was close.

“They (Western powers) say that you (Iran) must provide fuel for the Tehran reactor the way we say and, if you don’t do this, we will punish you,” the Mehr news agency quoted Larijani as saying.

“But they know this is a political swindle and that they are trying to ensure Iran’s enriched uranium” is removed from the Islamic republic.

Larijani and other Iranian officials have repeatedly criticized the proposed deal since it was first discussed in Vienna in October with France, Russia and the United States. AFP