Zarif Says There Is Nothing to Talk about with US
By Staff, Agencies
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Washington wants a new agreement with Tehran and wants to talk about issues other than what has been agreed in the nuclear deal, stressing that in Iran’s view there is nothing to talk about with the United States.
“They want a new agreement, they want a wider agreement, they want something else, they want to talk about the sunset clause, they want to talk about [Iran’s] missiles, they want to talk about other issues,” Zarif told the American journalism company, Politico, in an interview published on Wednesday.
This is while whatever warranted discussion was discussed during the talks that led to the agreement, he said.
“Now, why don’t we talk? The reason for not talking is that there is nothing to talk about.”
Zarif also said the United States knows exactly what it takes to resolve its standoff with Iran, but still seeks to use pressure tactics to extract concessions from the Islamic Republic.
“They know exactly what it takes to go back to compliance, unless they are not serious about what they’re saying.”
A deadlock formed around the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and others after the US left the agreement under former president Donald Trump and returned the sanctions that the deal had lifted.
Iran continued to comply with the deal for a year after the US’s withdrawal, but then started some nuclear countermeasures that it gradually expanded as Washington and its allies in the pact would insist on their violations.
Tehran began its reprisal in line with the deal’s Paragraph 36 that allows any given party to retaliate for others’ non-compliance with the agreement that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA].
Zarif noted that it only takes for Trump’s successor Joe Biden to issue a series of executive orders annulling his predecessor’s wrongful steps and palpably waive relevant congressional action for the US to return to the JCPOA.