Please pass new sanctions. “Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal dead if US passes new sanctions,” by Arshad Mohammed for Reuters, December 9 (thanks to Kenneth):
WASHINGTON “” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the U.S. Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six months, Time Magazine said on Monday.
In a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on Saturday and posted online on Monday, Time said it asked Zarif what happens if Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not go into effect for six months.
According to the magazine, he replied: “The entire deal is dead.” Zarif was referring to a Nov. 24 agreement with six world powers under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions.
“We do not like to negotiate under duress,” Zarif added. “If Congress adopts sanctions, it shows lack of seriousness and lack of a desire to achieve a resolution on the part of the United States.
“I know the domestic complications and various issues inside the United States, but for me that is no justification. I have a parliament. My parliament can also adopt various legislation that can go into effect if negotiations fail,” he added. “But if we start doing that, I don’t think that we will be getting anywhere.”…