Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif interview with TIME. Key points:
- Biggest differences removal of all sanctions and Iran having an enrichment program.
- It’s too late in the game for somebody to come and tell us that we have concerns that cannot be addressed.
- No place for producing weapons or fissile material programs in Iran’s security doctrine
- Opposition at home stems from the belief that the United States is not interested in reaching an agreement. will try to use the mechanism of negotiations in order to derail the process, in order to find new excuses… some of the statements out of Washington give them every reason to be concerned.
- Nuclear talks didn’t foster confidence between Iran and the US… it’s important for everyone to be careful what they say to their constituencies because others are listening and others are drawing their own conclusions.
(If Congress imposes new sanctions) the entire deal is dead. We do not like to negotiate under duress. And if Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States. I know the domestic complications and various issues inside the United States, but for me that is no justification. I have a parliament. My parliament can also adopt various legislation that can go into effect if negotiations fail.