Zarif to US: Economic terrorism, talks don’t go together
KONFRONTASI - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States needs to stop “economic terrorism” against the Iranian nation if it really seeks talks with the Islamic Republic.
“We do not hold negotiations with those who have waged economic terrorism against our people. This should stop," Zarif said on Thursday.
The top Iranian diplomat lashed out at Washington for unilaterally pulling out of a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), dismissing any talks with the US under sanctions and pressure.
“We never left the negotiating table….They (Americans) themselves decided to do so. They now make a false claim to deceive (us) that ‘we are ready to negotiate.’ If they are ready for talks, negotiations are not in sync with terrorism,” he said.
US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.
The tensions saw a sharp rise on the first anniversary of Washington’s exit from the deal as the US moved to ratchet up the pressure on Iran by tightening its oil sanctions and building up its military presence in the region.
However, in parallel with his belligerent policies, Trump has, on several occasions in the past weeks, offered to hold talks with Iran.[presstv]
(This item is being updated.)