Published: Tue, January 28, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran

U.S. will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran

The US has since re-imposed tough sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. For us, it doesn't matter who is sitting in the White House. "We have a lot of patience", Zarif said in the interview. The answer was that he would never rule out the possibility if the Trump administration could correct its past, "lift the sanctions and come back to the negotiation table".

The unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and the assertion that the nuclear was in favor of Iran and that the United States was harmed - while demonstrating Iran's strong diplomatic and logical ability to defend the legitimacy and demands of the Iranian nation - actually proved that in the fact it is the United States of America that has failed to abide by global law and is abstaining from dialogue and violating worldwide obligations.

Addressing a conference on safeguarding the common heritage of mankind, held in Tehran on Monday, Zarif took a swipe at the USA administration for threatening military strike against Iranian cultural sites. They're the ones who left", Zarif continued, before adding that "the day will come" when the United States "will have to compensate for inflicting "great harm" on Iranians. It then retaliated January 8, launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there.

Oman has often acted as a mediator between Iran and its regional foes and also played a key role in facilitating talks involving the United States that lead to the 2016 nuclear deal.

Asked why it took the Iranian government three days to announce the plane was shot down, Zarif said: "This was a complicated situation in a complicated time".

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The tweet followed an earlier one by Zarif, in which he mocked Trump for rejecting what he falsely interpreted as Zarif's call for bilateral talks with Washington on the condition of lifting U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Ali Asghar Zarean, an aide to Iran's nuclear chief, said the country's enriched uranium stockpile has exceeded 1,200kgs (2,646 pounds), which is far beyond the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers allowed. The claim has not been verified by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the deal is formally known, had given Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program. Tehran later responded with airstrikes on USA military facilities in Iraq.

The other signatories to the JCPOA - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - have been struggling to keep it alive.

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