Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is taking part in a virtual conference staged by the Council on Foreign Relations, a US think tank. Zarif has the opportunity to use Monday’s event to tell his US audience once again how misguided he deems President Donald Trump’s policy towards Iran to be. In a recent interview with an Iranian broadcaster, Zarif dismissed the reintroduction of Washington-backed UN sanctions against Iran as a propaganda move ahead of the US presidential election in November. Four years ago, then US presidential nominee Donald Trump promised — if elected — he would abandon the nuclear agreement forged by his predecessor Barack Obama and Tehran, pledging to replace it with a better deal. While Trump did withdraw from the nuclear pact in May 2018, as promised, he has so far failed to deliver on his vow of a better treaty. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened allies with “consequences” US unilateralism In August, Washington trigged the so-called “snapback” mechanism to restore almost all previously lifted UN sanctions against Iran. Over the weekend, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted a 30-day conflict resolution period had passed, saying that UN sanctions against Iran — which… Read full this story
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