TEHRAN, April 2 (Reuters) – International sanctions will not prevent Iran from pursuing its nuclear activities, said the country’s top nuclear negotiator on Friday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“Iranians are familiar with sanctions … We consider sanctions as opportunities … We will continue our (nuclear) path more decisively,” Saeed Jalili was quoted by IRNA as saying in China.
The West accuses Iran of covertly trying to build nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear power is aimed at generating electricity.
The United States and its European allies want to curb the Islamic state’s nuclear activities and are pushing for new U.N.-backed sanctions against Tehran.
China, a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, has for months fended off the calls to back sanctions.
Jalili flew to Beijing on Thursday to hold talks with Chinese officials. Iran is a major oil supplier to China. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Jon Boyle)