Jan 20, 2016, 6:25 PM
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Zarif: New US sanctions over Iran missile program  illegal

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif on Wednesday criticized the US for its 'addiction to coercion.'

Zarif, speaking Wednesday to The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, underlined legitimate nature of Iran's military program and said Washington's sanction against Iran missile program is illegal.
'We believe these sanctions are uncalled for. We believe the sanctions are illegal. They violate basic principles. The Iranian missile program is a legitimate defense program' and allowed under the landmark nuclear deal, he said.
'It shows that the United States has an addiction which has been very difficult for it to overcome,' Zarif said, specifying, 'Its addiction to pressure, addiction to coercion, addiction to sanctions.'
The United States on Sunday imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities that Washington believed were involved in Iran's ballistic missile program.
Zarif said, 'the United States can take steps to overcome this mistrust,' he said, such as through
implementation of the nuclear agreement.
AP wrote that Zarif spoke in a hotel room at the glamorous Intercontinental hotel, where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was also holding meetings. The minister said they had no plans to meet.
Asked about conservative voices within Iran, he said: 'Iran is not a monolith, I think Americans would recognize that ... just like the United States is not. So you have a difference of views among various political actors, among various parts of the population.'
He spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos before taking part in a debate focusing on the Islamic Republic.