Iran's Khamenei: Tehran will not abandon its missile programme


In an interview with Arabic speaking Iranian TV, al-Alam, on Friday, May 31, Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated, "We have already said that we do not need a mediator", adding, "America has started an economic war against our people.this should stop". "We are certainly prepared to have that conversation when the Iranians can prove that they want to behave like a normal nation", he told a joint news conference with his Swiss counterpart, Ignazio Cassis. We're not looking for regime change.

Trump has openly signaled that he wants to talk to Iranian leaders and neutral Switzerland, which has long represented U.S. interests in Iran, could be a convenient emissary.

Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Mohammad Farazmand declared a plan for a joint bank to be set up with an aim to tackle US sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal in May 2018 and ordered reimposition of sanctions against Iran.

Furthermore, Zarif accused Washington of "show off" by pretending that it is ready for talks with Iran.

"I think this is coming about surely at the initiative of the president", DiMaggio continued.

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"Honestly, the security and stability of a neighboring Islamic country is in the interest of Muslim and Arab states", he added. Saudi Arabia hosted the two summits of Gulf and Arab leaders in a bid to present a united front.

"We call this place the Persian Gulf for a reason", said Zarif.

Trump said last Monday he was hopeful Iran would come to the negotiating table. Iran has managed to sell small amounts of oil by transferring cargoes to third parties but Iranian oil traders say petrochemicals would be harder to smuggle because each factory's products have unique chemical properties. "The question is if the administration is setting the right environment for talks. Unless and until that is addressed, I don't see any room for progress".

To a report released by Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency reaffirming Iran's obligations to fulfill the comprehensive agreement, he commented that the 15th consecutive report confirmed that Iran continued to fulfill the comprehensive agreement and cooperated fully with the institutions, agencies continue to monitor and verify the work carried out in an objective, neutral attitude, adding, "the Chinese side expresses high appreciation".

Now Mr Rouhani finds himself under renewed pressure at home as the latest round of sanctions takes its toll on the Iranian economy.

DiMaggio suggested that the United States and Iran could begin talks on a humanitarian dialogue aimed at the release of prisoners held by both countries.