Published: Mon, February 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Zarif Says Iran Could Reverse Nuclear Breaches If Europe Acts

Zarif Says Iran Could Reverse Nuclear Breaches If Europe Acts

Speaking at a panel session at the Munich Security Conference, Javad Zarif said the possibility of direct negotiations between the United States and Iran would depend on President Donald Trump.

But the two were kept apart with Zarif even claiming that his Saudi counterpart had asked to reshuffle the schedule so that he wouldn't have to meet him.

Zarif, speaking at the Munich Security Conference on February 15, said Trump had been "convinced that we are about to collapse so he doesn't want to talk to a collapsing regime".

He said the Saudis had reached out to Iran after the killing of Soleimani, but when Iran had responded the contact had ended.

That decision has virtually isolated Tehran from the worldwide financial system and Iran has lost its major oil buyers and sunk into deep recession and has stopped adhering to certain provisions of the nuclear agreement, accusing Europe of giving in to U.S. pressure.

The nuclear agreement has been brought into question after US President Donald Trump unilaterally decided in 2018 that the United States of America would withdraw from the agreement, reimposing sanctions on Iran.

US sanctions have crippled Iran's economy, slashing its oil exports.

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He has said that the European Union will extend indefinitely the time limit to resolve disputes in the nuclear deal to avoid having to go to the UN Security Council or triggering new sanctions.

"Unfortunately the suggestions by Macron, and by Abe, and others...all have fallen on deaf ears", he stated, describing polite initiatives by French President as well as Japanese Prime Minister in 2015, that looked for to fix stress in between the USA as well as Iran via negotiations.

Zarif said Iran is not seeking a further escalation in tensions and expressed appreciation for Japan's diplomatic efforts, the ministry said. "Everything they want is about regime change".

France and Japan have both sought to foster dialogue between the two foes in recent months in a bid to calm spiralling tensions, but without success.

Iran's foreign minister is to make a brief appearance today at a meeting hosted in Germany by Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne with counterparts from countries that lost citizens the Ukrainian jetliner crash near Tehran last month.

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