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Negotiations with US fruitless: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump’s position on the landmark nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries prove that any talks with Washington will bear no fruits.

“The stance [adopted by] the current US administration on the JCPOA (nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA) conveys this message to the world that any negotiations with the US will be useless,” Zarif said in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of the 72nd annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, Press TV reported.

During his speech at the General Assembly on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said the internationally-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran is an “embarrassment” to the United States.

The Republican president described the JCPOA as “the worst and most one-sided transaction the US has ever entered into,” a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign.

The Trump administration has desperately sought a pretext to scrap or weaken the 2015 deal and get rid of the limits the deal imposes on the US ability to pursue more hostile policies against Iran.

However, Washington’s European allies seek to prevent the collapse of the deal and are stepping up efforts to convince Trump not to abandon the accord.

Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, said on September 18 that the Iran deal belonged to the entire world, not just the United States.

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