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Iran, UK, Explore Ways of Boosting Trade Despite U.S. Sanctions

File Photo:Iran's top nuclear negotiator and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hasan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with British ambassador to Iran Richard Dalton, in front of German ambassador Paul von Maltzahn at the Saadabad palace in Tehran, Iran,

Former British Ambassador to Tehran Richard Dalton says "the path of legal trade with Iran is open despite the U.S. sanctions on Iran."

Dalton, a well-known advocate of ties with Tehran who is the vice president of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, made the comment while addressing a meeting in London on October 18.

Speaking at a meeting titled, "Iran-UK Business Relations: Opportunities and Prospects,” Dalton said, "Trade with Iran is still possible," although he also talked about the hindrances in the way of conducting business with Iran, including Europe's delays in coming up with a practical mechanism to help Iran in its international transactions regardless of U.S. sanctions.

According to the official news agency IRNA, Dalton "condemned U.S. efforts to harm the Iranian nation, peace, and security in the region as well as Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."

Dalton also criticized the United States’ interference in trade affairs with Iran in a harsh tone, saying “Britain will never accept other countries pass laws for it on doing trade with the countries," the agency quoted him as saying.

Some 50 Iranian trade, agricultural, and livestock industries companies as well as dozens of British firms were represented at the meeting, IRNA said.