Iran's Zarif says talks to lift non-nuclear sanctions possible

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said it is possible to hold talk with the U.S. on removing the non-nuclear sanctions, however Washington must first prove its commitment to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

There is a probability for talks in a proper condition but we should first see the other side implements the JCPOA or not,” Zarif told IRNA in an interview published on Tuesday.

The statement by Zarif followed a promise by President Rouhani who in the last presidential debate on Friday said he would remove the non-nuclear sanctions against Iran if he is reelected president.

Zarif said as the Supreme Leader had said the JCPOA is a “test for the other side” and if the U.S. proves that it is ready to implement the nuclear deal “then we are ready to enter (talks) on  other areas”.

However, he said, the U.S. has focused its efforts on creating a “psychological atmosphere” to make investors doubtful about doing business with Iran.

Commenting on Trump administration’s policies, Zarif said, “Some policies adopted by the new U.S. government are continuation of previous policies and some of them are more extreme. Such policies will not be successful. The U.S. has tested such policies many times.”

Such policies are just harmful to the U.S. people, he said.

Iran struck the nuclear deal with six major powers (the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) in July 2015. The deal went into effect in January 2016.


*Source: Tehran-Times

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