Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump is not seeking "serious diplomacy" on North Korea after he failed to reach an agreement with the North Korean leader during their summit in Vietnam.
Since ancient times, political leaders have rarely if ever relied on chance to advance their peoples’ interests or push back against those of their adversaries. When the fate of human beings is at stake — as often is in global diplomacy (often the alternative to war) — careful planning and calculation are the tools of trade. For the administration that has ruled the United States since January 2017, though, chance may be all it has.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic’s diplomacy is based on solving conflicts through dialogue and negotiation, criticizing US attempts to hinder the implementation of the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has been nominated to continue to serve as foreign minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s second term, said on Saturday economic diplomacy and the boosting of ties with neighboring countries will be the Foreign Ministry’s top two priorities in the next four years.
Friday marked the two-year anniversary of a remarkable diplomatic achievement, one that unequivocally made the world a safer place -- the Iran Deal. Two years later, there's proof, not just promise, that diplomacy works.