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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 9:40:01 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 9:40:54 PM

Russia says U.S. measure threatens Iran nuclear deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Echoing Iran, Russia said on Friday that a new U.S. measure targeting companies and individuals for supporting Tehran's nuclear programme violated the spirit of a deal reached with major powers last month and could hinder its implementation.

"The U.S. administration's decision goes against the spirit of this document," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said of the November 24 interim agreement under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions over the next six months.

"Widening American 'blacklists' could seriously complicate the fulfilment of othe Geneva agreement, which proposes easing the sanctions regime," Zakharova said in a statement.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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