Zarif rejects Le Figaro reporter's claims about talks with US

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (MNA) – Iranian FM Zarif rejected the claims made by the correspondent of the French daily, Le Figaro, about negotiations of his Iran's envoy to UN Takht-Ravanchi with the US.

On the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that despite the claims made by the correspondent of the French newspaper Le Figaro, Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi has held no talks with the US or has delivered no messages to the American officials from Iran. 

"It is three weeks that Majid Takht-Ravanchi is in Tehran and that reporter has made baseless claims," Zarif said. 

Being asked about the US-Iran disagreements about the JCPOA, Zarif said, "There is no need to negotiate at all. What has happened is that the US government has broken its obligations. According to the remarks of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, if they [Americans] remove the sanctions, there will be no problem from our view."

"Biden's is responsible for removing the sanctions and if he lifts the sanction, Iran will return to the JCPOA," he noted.

In a response to a question that Biden has claimed to seek a stronger deal with Iran that would the missile and regional issues, Zarif said "We have a firm deal that the UNSC has ratified it and we have discussed all of its articles."

"America should stop the policy of 'what belongs to me is mine and we can negotiate on what belongs to you'," Zarif stressed.

He noted that Iran has discussed the regional and missile program issues, "That's why we agreed to extend the arms embargo for up to five years and the missile embargo for up to eight years."

"The new US administration and the Europeans should know that Iran is not the region's problem but they are."

"The problem with weapons in our region is not due to the limited amount of weaponry that Iran produces, but the sales of their weapons have turned the region into a tinderbox," Zarif said.

"The Trump administration is going to the dustbin of history today. The American people sent this government to the dustbin of history. This is a government that did harm the US Congress and the center of democracy to achieve its goals."

The US b-52 bombers patrol in the region, which has been carried out to intimidate Iran, is highly costly for Americans, Zarif warned, adding that Iran will never start aggression or war but will resist pressure and will give a harsh response to threats and aggressors. 

About the mediation of Qatar between Iran and the US, Zarif said "There would be no mediation, Qatar has offered talks and we have said we always support talks."

He reiterated that the Biden administration must return the conditions to the pre-Trump era. "It was the Americans who worsened the situation and they must retaliate for everything per se. This is not Iran's problem."

"We are not looking for paperwork and bureaucracy, we are not looking for signatures, we are looking for action," he underscored.

"As soon as the United States fulfills its obligations, we will fulfill ours, too," he added.


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