Iran FM: Reliability a must for talks
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran cannot “start all over again” with United States to renegotiate a new deal after US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
“You remember the movie ‘50 First Dates,’ when you start all over again the following day. We can’t. This is impossible. You need to be able to have a relationship that is based on some foundations. And we have a document (the nuclear deal) that is a hundred and fifty pages long,” Zarif told the New Yorker in an exclusive interview, comparing diplomacy with the US to the 2004 movie about a man who keeps having first dates with a woman who has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.
Zarif did not rule out the possibility for negotiations with the US, arguing, “We live in a world of possibilities, so nothing is impossible.” However, he said Iran cannot sit for talks with the US as long as it sees no reliability and realism on the other side.
“I’m not ruling out the prospect of talks provided the necessary conditions for talks, and that is reliability,” he said.
Reliability is different from trust. Reliability is that when you sign something you are bound by it,” the top diplomat noted. He then cited an old Latin idiom, Pacta sunt servanda, which means “Treaties shall be complied with”, and described it as the basis of international relations.
“Otherwise everything will fall apart… We are waiting for some sense of realism,” Zarif added.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump predicted that “Iran’s going to come back to me and they’re going to make a good deal, I think.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said something similarو projecting that the US can’t sustain its decision to walk away. “Sooner or later, this hasty and immature action will come to an end.”
Back in May, Trump withdrew his country from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Since then, the remaining parties to the deal, including France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China, are trying to convince Tehran to remain in the multilateral agreement.
Last Monday, European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced in a joint press conference with Zarif in New York that the remaining signatories to the JCPOA will establish a “Special Purpose Vehicle” to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports as part of efforts to salvage the 2015 deal.
She later noted the EU’s initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran could be in place before November, when the US is to reimpose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions.
Press TV contributed to this story.