x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Iran: foreign minister's firing won't affect policy

The firing of Iran's foreign minister won't affect the country's policies, including on nuclear issues, says ministry spokesman.

TEHRAN, Iran //  A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the firing of Iran's foreign minister will not affect the country's policies, including nuclear talks.

The remarks come a day after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad abruptly sacked Manouchehr Mottaki and named nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as caretaker minister.

Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says "we will not see any change in Iran's basic policies," including in the nuclear talks. He says the ministry is only implementing policies decided by the higher leadership.

The US suspects Iran intends to build a nuclear bomb, a claim Tehran denies. Iran and top world powers held a round of inconclusive talks on the standoff last week, and are to meet again next year.