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Iran signals respect for Trump could help free US prisoners



Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested leading a demonstration of the respect of President Donald Trump for a prisoner exchange

"It is a possibility, certainly from a humanitarian point of view, but – but it requires a change of attitude" Zarif told correspondent Margaret Brennan in an interview with CBS News "Face the Nation," airing on Sunday.

Zarif added that, according to a partial transcript, it would also require "a change in the language" of Trump

Trump has long criticized Iran sharply and the atomic agreement, President Barack Obama and Tehran's leadership in a row of questions have blown up.

Zarif was questioned about American prisoners in Iran if he would be willing to sit down with the Trump administration to talk about them.

"It is important, as I said, that the administration has the ability to lead a respectful discourse," he said. "Before you make demands, the United States must learn how to treat other sovereign nations."

Zarif said this meant showing "respect" towards Iran, including not "this illusion about regime change"

In an earlier excerpt from CBS, Zarif said Iran is "ready" to restart its nuclear weapons program if Trump resumes sanctions and does nothing about the 201

5 multilateral agreement.

Trump has set a deadline until May 12 scrap the pact that waived sanctions against Iran in return for curbing its nuclear activities. He called it the "worst business ever".


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