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Zarif Says Negotiation With the U.S. 'Is Useless'


Javad Zarif, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran.

On Friday, Spetember 22, harsh Iranian reactions against President Donald Trump’s remarks at the United Nations General Assembly continued.

Among them, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is quoted as saying that “negotiation with the United States is useless”.

Zarif, who is still in New York met with his Japanese counterpart. According to ISNA, Zarif sadi during the meeting that, "The current US government's policy on the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] gives the world this message that negotiations with the USA are useless."

Meanwhile, after Friday prayers marches took place in several cities in Iran, with protesters chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military advisor, Yahya Rahim Safavi is quoted by a state affiliated news agency as labelling Trump’s statements “foolish” and “deceitful”. He also added that the U.S. is not the only superpower anymore and power is shifting to the East.

President Trump in his UNGA address, on September 19 in New York, called the nuclear deal with Iran the worst one-sided agreement the U.S. has ever signed.

During his meeting with the Japanese foreign minister, Zarif also said that if the U.S. aims at renegotiating certain parts of the JCPOA, Iran will demand renegotiation on the whole agreement.

ISNA quotes Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono saying: "Japan supports the JCPOA and has talked with other countries about its importance." He also voiced Japan's objection to the Iraqi Kurdistan's referendum.

The two foreign ministers also discussed Yemen and other regional issues.

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