Kerry tells senators Iran 'not open for business'
WASHINGTON - sanctions against Iran remain undiluted and Washington has sent a clear message to other countries that Iran is not open for business, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.


The relaxation in penalties has triggered a race among Western firms to explore lucrative business opportunities, but the US and Western governments are eager to show that, despite diplomatic talks for a longer-term agreement, pressure on Iran remains high.


Kerry told US senators on Capitol Hill that Washington's tough sanctions regime against Tehran has not been weakened "We have made it crystal clear that Iran is not open for business". (Reuters)