Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is still alive, noting that the US needs to realize that the practice of bullying and unilateralism has expired.
“Iran never hesitates to engage in negotiations, but will not renegotiate an issue that it has already concluded through negotiations,” Zarif said at a virtual event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, an American nonprofit think-tank in New York.
Zariff was referring to frequent calls by US President Donald Trump, who has been insisting that Iran should give up the 2015 nuclear deal it clinched under Trump’s predecessor with six world powers, and conclude a new agreement with the current administration in the United States.
He added that Iran respects international laws and the JCPOA as an international agreement.
“It is the United States that must prove it respects this agreement”, Zarif said, adding that Iran is still a party to the JCPOA despite the fact that it is not capable of even buying influenza vaccine due to unilateral sanctions imposed on it by the US.
Iran’s foreign minister also emphasized that it is the United States that has caused concern for the international community by violating global norms.