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ILNA: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says no restriction can be imposed on the Islamic Republic, stressing that moves by the US and Europe against Iran’s nuclear energy program have only led to the country’s progress in this regard.

“The measures that the US and Europe have so far taken to stop Iran’s[nuclear] activities have had no result but progress in the country’s nuclear technology, ” Zarif said on Monday.

He added that Iran’s nuclear know - how and capabilities cannot be exposed to limitations.

Pointing to the West’s standoff with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program, the Iranian minister added, “Depriving Iran of[its] nuclear energy program cannot be a solution to the issue because Iran has achieved the nuclear know - how and technology. ”

He said the regional countries whose interests are served by the prolongation of the nuclear dispute have fueled " the fabricated crisis " to cover up their own short - term strategic goals in the region.

Zarif called on the countries with which Iran is engaged in nuclear negotiations to accept the realities about Iran’s nuclear energy program.

At the current juncture, Europe can play a “serious and leading” role in striking a balance between the sides in nuclear talks with Iran, he said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany held their latest round of talks in New York on September ۱۸-۲۶, to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Tehran’s civilian nuclear energy program before a November ۲۴ deadline.

Last November, Iran and the P۵ + ۱ clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January ۲۰ and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November ۲۴, as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

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