Mohammad Javad Zarif says Islamic Republic won’t give up major parts of its program
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that Washington’s “wishes are unlikely to come true” in talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program, the government’s latest apparent attempt to deflect criticism from hard-line skeptics who say that President Hassan Rouhani will give up too much for too little in upcoming negotiations over a final comprehensive deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated the U.S. wanted Iran to give up major parts of its nuclear program but said such demands won’t be carried out.
“America has wishes and those wishes are unlikely to come true and that’s why they are negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve a solution based on realities,” he told a news conference in Tehran.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in Dec. that “If we could create an option in which Iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program … I would take it.”
But Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, has so far backed Rouhani’s policy of engagement with the outside world, including the nuclear deal.
Full article: Iran: US ‘wishes won’t come true’ at nuclear talks (The Times of Israel)