Dec 17, 2018 20:11 UTC
  • Iran will never talk to anybody who sets conditions for it: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has strongly dismissed the possibility of holding negotiations with the United States after Washington set conditions for talks with Tehran, saying the Islamic Republic will never talk to those who set conditions for it.

According to Press TV, in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Zarif released a video showing him seated with US journalist Robin Wright on the sidelines of the Doha Forum 2018 in the Qatari capital on Saturday.

In response to a question about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's list of a dozen conditions, which Washington expects Tehran to meet before any further talks, Zarif said, "We will not talk to anybody who sets 12 conditions for us to talk to them after having violated a [UN] Security Council resolution that they sponsored themselves."

In an apparent reference to the lawless conduct of the administration of US President Donald Trump in the field of international relations and its disrespect for international agreements and treaties, the Iranian foreign minister emphasized that it is the leaders of the United States who must meet conditions before they talk to any other country.

"I am not asking them [US leaders] to be lawful, because that’s asking them for the impossible, [but I ask them] at least [to] become less lawless," he pointed out.

Speaking weeks after the United States in May pulled out of the historic nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and major powers in 2015, Pompeo laid out 12 tough conditions for any "new deal" with Tehran.

The conditions included withdrawal of Iran's military advisors from Syria, who have been helping the country's legitimate government in its fight against terrorist outfits, which have been mostly aided and abetted by the US and its Western and regional allies.

In a meeting with a number of Iranian lawmakers late in May, Zarif said the new strategies declared by the US secretary of state will lead to Washington's greater isolation among the international community.