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Iran's foreign minister, on Facebook, says Iran will continue nuclear talks despite US actions

  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Assassinations, cyber-attacks and possible military strikes: As nuclear negotiations with Iran enter a crucial stage, Tehran is voicing fears that tougher oversight of its activities will increase the risks of an attack on its atomic facilities and the scientists working on them. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Assassinations, cyber-attacks and possible military strikes: As nuclear negotiations with Iran enter a crucial stage, Tehran is voicing fears that tougher oversight of its activities will increase the risks of an attack on its atomic facilities and the scientists working on them. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif holds a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Lavrov arrived in Tehran late on Tuesday, for meetings with Iranian officials about a nuclear deal, and the ongoing crisis in Syria. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif holds a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Lavrov arrived in Tehran late on Tuesday, for meetings with Iranian officials about a nuclear deal, and the ongoing crisis in Syria. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

Iran's foreign minister says his country will continue nuclear negotiations with world powers, even after pulling out of expert-level talks to protest the U.S. targeting companies it says evaded current sanctions.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a Facebook post early Sunday morning. He blamed "improper actions" by the U.S. for Iran pulling out Friday.

Zarif wrote: "We will continue Geneva talks. We will show proper, calculated, purposeful and smart reaction toward any improper and unconstructive action."

He also wrote: "Talks and reaching a conclusion is a difficult job and it will definitely have ups and downs. ... We had predicted this from the first day."

The West fears Iran's nuclear program could allow it to build nuclear weapons. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes.