Business Trip To Iran 'not Helpful', Kerry Tells France

wochit politics
February 05, 2014 AT 6:23 AM
A U.S. official said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his French counterpart a trip to Iran by French executives was "not helpful" and that it gave the wrong impression that the West could do business with Tehran as usual. The easing of sanctions has prompted Western firms to race for business opportunities. Iran welcomed more than 100 executives from France's biggest firms on Monday, the most senior French trade mission in years. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told U.S. lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday, "Tehran is not open for business because our sanctions relief is quite temporary, quite limited and quite targeted."