Zarif: Talks with U.S. will start when all sides fulfill obligations under 2015 nuclear deal

Zarif: Talks with U.S. will start when all sides fulfill obligations under 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said his country is not trying to create nuclear weapons, noting that talks with the United States will start when all sides fulfill their obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, CGTN reports. 

Iran and the United States have been at odds over who should take the first step to revive the 2015 accord. Iran insists the U.S. must first lift the sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump, while Washington says Tehran must first return to compliance with the deal.

Iran believes the U.S. sanctions will soon be lifted despite continued "diplomatic wrangling" over reviving the nuclear deal, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Saturday.

"We predict with confidence that diplomatic initiatives will result in a favorable outcome despite the diplomatic wrangling, which are a natural prelude to the return of the parties to their commitments, including the lifting of all sanctions in the near future," Rabiei wrote in an Iran's op-ed for government newspaper.

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