Iran’s Zarif says US ‘PR stunt’ won’t work

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed talks with Washington in a tweet late Tuesday. (File photo: AP)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed talks with Washington in a tweet late Tuesday, saying “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work”.

Responding to US President Donald Trump’s surprise offer of talks without preconditions, Zarif wrote: “Iran & US had 2 yrs of talks.”

“With EU/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord- the JCPOA (nuclear deal). It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table.”

Trump said Monday he was open to talks with Iran’s leaders “any time” and reiterated the point the following day, telling reporters: “I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon.”

But with the US pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May and set to re-impose full sanctions from August 6, most of Iran’s officials are unimpressed by the offer.

“Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.

“Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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