Jun 05, 2020 16:43 UTC
  • It’s up to Trump to decide when to fix Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is up to US President Donald Trump to determine the time he wants to fix the 2015 nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic and major world powers.

According to Press TV, in a post on his official Twitter account on Friday, Zarif directly addressed Trump, with a screenshot of his Tweet on the release of Michael White, a US citizen who had been sentenced to prison in Iran since 2018 for “security crimes” and in a lawsuit brought by “private plaintiffs.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Thursday night that White was released after satisfying the plaintiffs in respect to the cause of action while being granted “Islamic mercy for his other crimes.”

Mousavi also confirmed media reports that the United States has released Dr. Majid Taheri, an Iranian physician, after spending over a year in jail on false charges.

In his tweet, Trump said it is "very exciting" that Michael arrived home and told Iran "not to wait until after the US election to make a big deal."

The Iranian foreign minister responded to the US president's remarks and said Tehran and Washington have "achieved humanitarian swap despite your subordinates' efforts."

"And we had a deal when you entered office (in January 2017)," Zarif said referring to the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the United States.

"Iran & other JCPOA participants never left the table. Your advisors—most fired by now—made a dumb bet," the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.

Iran confirms Zarif’s talks with Richardson over White’s release

The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry also confirmed on Friday that Zarif had a meeting with Bill Richardson, a former US Ambassador to the United Nations, over the American prisoner’s release.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Mousavi said Zarif and Richardson had discussed White’s release “months ago.”

“We have always responded positively to and welcomed humanitarian efforts that will lead to the release of Iranian hostages in the United States and elsewhere,” Mousavi said.