Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday his country does not want a war with the US, but President Donald Trump must lift harsh economic sanctions against Tehran to clear the way for negotiations.
In an Interview with NBC Nightly News "Lester Holt, Zarif, said the door to diplomacy was" wide open "when Trump lifted the series of sanctions he has imposed since 2017 that cut up the country's oil exports
"Once these sanctions are lifted, then … the negotiating space is wide open," Zarif said during a visit to New York for a UN conference.
Zarif said they were United States, not Iran, which would have undermined diplomacy by moving away from the nuclear weapon of 201
"It is the United States that has left the negotiating table. And they can always return, "said Zarif.
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President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement last year, which curtailed the Iranian nuclear program in return for easing US and international sanctions. Trump has blasted the agreement as the "worst deal ever", stating that it has made too many concessions to Iran and has not slowed down the country's ballistic missile program.
While tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased in recent weeks, Trump has claimed this Open for talks with Iran without preconditions, but determined to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Zarif said that Iran has no interest in securing a nuclear arsenal, although he could have built the bomb if he wanted.
"If we were interested in developing nuclear weapons, we could have done so long ago," Zarif said. Earlier, intelligence agencies came to the conclusion that Iran dropped a nuclear weapons program in 2003, but could revive it if he decides this.
The Trump government tightened oil sanctions against Iran in April, drastically reducing oil supplies to the country, which are crucial.
Iran has responded by taking step-by-step measures that violate some provisions of the nuclear agreement. Tehran has exceeded the uranium and uranium enrichment limits it has agreed to in the agreement and warns against taking additional action if it is not exempted from US economic sanctions.
Since April, when Trump went bankrupt By the pressure on the Iranian oil trade, tankers in the Persian Gulf have been attacked twice. The Trump administration blamed Iran for the incidents that Tehran denies.
After Iran fired a US drone last month, the government planned to retaliate hours later, but Trump said he was worried about possible casualties. Iran said the drone was in Iranian airspace, but Washington insisted.
Zarif said he did not believe the two countries were on the brink of war, saying neither his government nor Trump sought armed conflict.
I do not think President Trump wants to go to war. But I believe there are people around who do not mind, "Zarif said.
He added," But I do not think they will succeed at the end of the day. I think caution will prevail. People know that Iran is a big, proud country. And we will not make a light military attack. "
Zarif visits New York to attend a UN Sustainable Development Conference, but was present insecure as the US threatened to impose travel sanctions last month.
In the end, Zarif became a visa over the weekend However, his delegation's movements are severely curtailed for his visit, under which Zarif and his colleagues travel only a few blocks away between UN Headquarters and the Iranian Mission and to the Iranian UN ambassador's residence.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the decision in an interview with The Washington Post saying, "US diplomats do not roam Tehran, so we see no reason for Iranian diplomats to move freely to New York City."
Pompeo accused Zarif States "should use the freedoms of the United States" to come here and spread malicious propaganda "and said he would e in offer to appear on Iranian state television. Pompeo also said that he would tell the Iranians that "they are very close to our hearts, that we support the Iranian people, that we understand that the revolutionary theocracy is not acting in a way that is in their best interests."
Zarif's visit to New York was a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels to discuss how to ease the tensions between Washington and Tehran and save the nuclear deal. British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said it was time to save the deal, but the clock was ticking.
Iran is still alive a good year from the development of a nuclear bomb, "Hunt told reporters on their arrival in Brussels.
Trump's decision to reject a nuclear agreement that took years to negotiate has plunged the nation into a deep rift
Raised diplomatic cable from Kim Darroch, the former British Ambassador In the May 2018 news release published by The Mail on Sunday, Darroch called Trump's decision to leave the business "an act of diplomatic vandalism that was ideological and personal reasons "seems to be in spite of former President Barack Obama.
Darroch also wrote that the White House had no strategy for what would come after the rejection of the agreement, and" no plan, partner and ally
Zarif said Iran had acted cautiously and waited about a year before e r began to exceed certain limits in the nuclear agreement, which he said was allowed under the terms of the agreement. But he said the Trump administration had abruptly withdrawn from a US-negotiated and signed deal. "I think the US is playing with the fire," Zarif said that Iran would accept Washington, Zarif said: "I think there must be a win-win situation in negotiations, otherwise there will be a situation where you lose / lose. "