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Exclusive: Iran is open for talks with the US when Trump changes the nuclear deal



In an interview with USA TODAY, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke about US-Iran relations and the Iranian nuclear deal
Neale Haynes and Jasper Colt, USA TODAY

ANTALYA, Turkey – When the Iranians called for the full re-establishment of the economic sanctions imposed by the Trump government on Monday, their government signaled that it could be open to discussing a new arms deal with the United States should Washington cease its hiring to discuss the agreement this year will be abandoned.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's highest diplomat, said this weekend in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY that his government would consider diplomacy if there were "foundations for a fruitful dialogue" on Iran's nuclear reduction agreement. In May, President Donald Trump The United States pulled out of the pact with the world powers and Iran. Other signers stayed in.

"Mutual trust is not a prerequisite to start negotiations – mutual respect is a prerequisite," Zarif said in a comprehensive 45-minute interview.

The Iranians hold a poster with a caricature of President Donald Trump during an anti-US. Demonstration of the 39th anniversary of the takeover of the US Embassy. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh, EPA-EFE)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said In August of state television, he would be willing to meet Trump over the collapsing deal, but Rouhani questioned Trump's theoretical discussion. US security adviser John Bolton dismissed Rouhani's remarks as propaganda. The United States and Iran broke off all diplomatic contact when Trump decided to end the agreement.

The Trump government does not believe in diplomacy. She believes in the imposition, Zarif said in an interview in front of the White House humiliating economic sanctions against the Iranian energy and banking sector

The government said the sanctions that were lifted under the treaty that Iran had signed with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany when Barack Obama was president, aim to take stronger steps The billions of dollars he spends on financing terrorism and sowing all over the Middle East, from Syria to Yemen.

An Iranian woman holds a poster of an Iranian General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as she walks past a mural depicting a skull-and-white Statue of Liberty near the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh, EPA-EFE)

The White House did not respond to a request to address Zarif's remarks. The Foreign Ministry declined to comment. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on Monday: "The Iranian regime has a choice, it can either make a 180 degree turnaround from its unlawful behavior and behave like a normal country, or it can collapse its economy." We hope a new one Agreement with Iran is possible. "

The Trump administration approved more than 700 Iranian banks, businesses and individuals. It issued oil sanctions for China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. This will allow them to continue buying Iranian oil.

Rouhani said on Monday his nation was facing a "war situation" and vowed that Iran would "sell its oil." The Iranian military has announced that there will be defense exercises to prove its capabilities.

"Terrible, one-sided nuclear deal with Iran"

At a meeting on Sunday's election in Georgia, Trump said, "Iran was a completely different country," after he had withdrawn from "the terrible, one-sided nuclear deal with Iran." Trump said, "When I came in, it was only a matter of how long it would take them to take over the entire Middle East."

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