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US bent on destroying nuclear deal: Zarif

Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is determined to destroy a key 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries in a bid to force Iran to walk away from the deal.

According to Press TV, Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with representatives of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture on Sunday, several weeks after the US move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US President Donald Trump has also vowed to re-impose nuclear sanctions on Tehran.

He added that the US is the dominant economic power in the world and its strategic objective is to force Iran to exit the JCPOA.

“Of course, this does not mean that we will never walk away from the JCPOA under any circumstances, but we know the opposite side’s goal,” the Iranian foreign minister said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif pointed to his talks with European countries as well as Russia, India, China and South Africa and said they all emphasized that the JCPOA must be preserved.

“Except for four countries and the Zionist regime (of Israel), you cannot find one country in the world that wants to destroy the JCPOA,” the top Iranian diplomat stated.

He emphasized that by refusing to scuttle the nuclear deal, world countries are conveying the message to the US president that he is not authorized to impose his decisions on them.