22 Jul 2024
Tehran, Dec 3, IRNA Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that he was pleased with breaking barrier of decades-old mistrust with the western governments by the nuclear deal, but, he was anxious about the US illogical approach.
He told Persian language Iran newspaper that he is also concerned about unfair statements of certain Arab governments about Iranian nuclear program.

Iran and the members of the Group 5+1 (US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany) held talks in the Swiss city from November 20-24. After five days of intensive discussions, the two reached a first step agreement on a step-by-step settlement of the nuclear dispute which would lead to a comprehensive agreement.

Referring to the Geneva talks, Zarif said, ?We are at the beginning of a long way.

The Geneva deal is not a final agreement.

The foreign minister regretted that behavior of certain states, US in particular, damages mutual trust.

?Taking coordinated steps by the two sides would be a great help for confidence building and implementation of primary agreements,? Zarif stressed.

He acknowledged the state of mistrust on part of Iranian people toward the US government and said, ?Iranians have no trust in the other side and working in such situation is difficult.

Commenting on his regional tour to Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, Zarif said he went to the three regional countries to assure them that Geneva agreement poses no threat to their national interests.

Some of our friends were concerned that we put their national interests in danger during latest nuclear talks in Geneva. I decided to visit regional states to explain them that their interests would be served with implementation of the agreement.?

Zarif rejected the idea that his visit to the region took place in the context of the Geneva agreement.

The motive for a visit to the region existed even before the Geneva talks. I had made clear my decision to visit the neighboring states in an interview with ash-Sharq al-Awsat.

Irans nuclear deal has nothing to do with regional countries, Zarif said.

He said Tehran has always pursued a strategy which made other regional countries to feel convinced about Iranian policies and trust it.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran advocates good neighborly relations with the regional states and is determined to convey sense of peace and security to them.



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