Sep 22, 2019 17:19 UTC
  • US sanctions against Iran make negotiations impossible: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the United States's latest move to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying such restrictions would make future negotiations with Tehran impossible.

"They want to make the negotiations impossible... want to make a change impossible," Zarif said in an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN) published on Sunday, adding, "It's very difficult for (US President Donald Trump) and his successor to remove [sanctions imposed on Iran]."

Elsewhere in his interview with the Chinese TV network, the top Iranian diplomat cast doubt on how effective the new measures would be given that Iran has managed to stabilize its economy following earlier US sanctions.

"Basically, it means that the United States is running out of options. It is desperate. The policy of maximum pressure does not work," Zarif said.