Negotiations with United States futile: Iran's Zarif

Negotiations with United States futile: Iran's Zarif”

"Are you prepared to return to us 10 tons of enriched uranium?", Mr. Zarif said of the relinquished stockpile - one of Iran's biggest concessions - about 98 percent of the country's nuclear fuel holdings.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, said on September 18 that the Iran deal belonged to the entire world, not just the United States.

"The stance [adopted by] the current U.S. administration on the JCPOA (nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA) conveys this message to the world that any negotiations with the USA will be useless", Zarif said in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of the 72nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY on Friday.

"Why should we discuss an addendum?", Zarif said.

President Trump in his UNGA address, on September 19 in NY, called the nuclear deal with Iran the worst one-sided agreement the US has ever signed.

Mr. Zarif said he was heartened that during a meeting of all the participants in the meeting on Wednesday evening at the United Nations Security Council, "everybody, with one exception, said this is a good deal".

A former senior aide to ex-US President Barack Obama has rejected the narrative by current American administration officials that Iran is "violating the spirit" of a 2015 nuclear deal even as it is in technical compliance with it.

Mr. Zarif said those complaints were all beyond the scope of the agreement struck in July of 2015, a position shared by other parties to the accord except the United States.

Zarif says the Trump administration is "seriously ill-informed" about the limits on Iran contained in the deal. It has threatened to "decertify" the Islamic Republic's commitment the next round.

Washington has repeatedly criticized the deal.

Trump has said he has made a decision about the deal but won't publicize it until the certification deadline arrives. Since rising to presidency in January, a year after the deal took effect, Trump has, however, adopted a milder tone, but has been actively looking for a pretext to launch a renegotiation of the deal or initiate an American withdrawal. "Ironically, so has the Trump administration", Blinken added, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency by its abbreviation.

This is while the other parties to the deal, along with the entire global community, have thrown their weight behind the accord, praising the Islamic Republic for its full commitment to its side of the bargain.

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