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Iranian FM: No Talks with untrustworthy US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described Washington as untrustworthy negotiating side, stressing that no talks are underway between the two countries.

“There is no negotiations underway and the Americans have shown that their negotiations and the result of their negotiations cannot be trusted,” Zarif said on Tuesday.

He referred to Washington’s breach of several international undertakings, and said, “Almost the entire world has concluded that the Americans ignore any agreement at any moment and therefore, the current government in the US should correct its behavior instead of trying to make excuses.”

In defiance of global criticism, the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA, which President Donald Trump called “the worst deal ever,” in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions.

Also, reports said in recent weeks that Washington is planning to use a threat to trigger a return of all UN sanctions against Iran as leverage to get the 15-member Security Council to prolong the arms embargo on Tehran.

The removal of Iran’s arms embargo is based on the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Zarif said on Monday that Washington’s attempts to approve a resolution to extend arms embargos against Tehran in violation of the nuclear deal would fail.

“The Americans are attempting to prevent removal of arms embargos against Iran based on the nuclear deal which certainly runs counter to international undertakings. They will not succeed in issuing a resolution based on the nuclear deal because the US has withdrawn from it,” Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini quoted Zarif as saying at a session at the parliament.

According to Zarif, Iran is using its utmost efforts to prevent the US troubling under any pretexts, the MP added.

Naqavi Hosseini said elsewhere, the Iranian foreign minister also underlined that Tehran has always wanted the Group 5+1 members to return to the nuclear deal and implement their undertaking which will encourage Iran to reverse its nuclear steps in modifying its Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) undertakings.

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