0106 GMT September 23, 2019
Zarif has taken to Twitter to reject US President Donald Trump’s claim that despite Iran never winning a war; the Islamic Republic “never lost a negotiation.”
“For millennia, Iranians have outlasted every aggressor,” Zarif wrote.
“But, the US has spent $7 trillion & rivers of blood in our region, in its biggest failure since Vietnam,” the foreign minister added.
“Diplomacy=prudence; never weakness,” he concluded.
“Just remember, the Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!” Trump tweeted on Monday.
The US president did not explain what he meant.
Iran said on Monday the US had turned down an offer from Tehran for more robust nuclear inspections in exchange for lifting sanctions because Washington is "not seeking dialogue."
"If the US is really seeking an agreement... Iran can make the Additional Protocol into law (in 2019) and (the US) at the same time bring a plan to Congress and lift all illegal sanctions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said.
"But as we predicted it was rejected by them, because we knew that they are not for talks or an agreement that would yield a proper result," Mousavi told a news conference.
According to Mousavi, the proposal was made by Zarif during a visit this month in New York to dismiss the idea of "Iran being against talks... (while) America is for dialogue."
The spokesman said talks between Iran and the United States would be possible if based on an agenda that could lead to tangible results.