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Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi on Friday slammed a US move to expand its sanctions blacklist, saying it went against the spirit of a landmark deal agreed last month. "America's move is against the spirit of the Geneva deal," under which world powers agreed not to impose any new sanctions, Araqchi told the Fars news agency. "We are evaluating the situation and will make the appropriate response," he said, as his negotiating team headed home for consultations after halting talks with the powers in Vienna on implementing the November agreement. Under the deal reached in Geneva, Iran agreed to freeze parts of its suspect nuclear programme for six months in return for some $7 billion in relief from Western sanctions as it negotiates a final, comprehensive accord to allay suspicions it is seeking a weapons capability.