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Zarif: Iran not seeking tension with Trump

Zarif: Iran not seeking tension with Trump

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country will not give the Trump administration any pretext that can be used against it.

“The establishment in its entirety has reached the conclusion that we shouldn’t give them (the Americans) any excuse,” Zarif said in an interview with the Shargh daily published on the official website of the ministry on Monday. 

 “This should not be taken to mean that we back away from our plans… but we don’t seek tension.”

 The future of the 2015 historic nuclear agreement with Iran, among other things, is in limbo with the prospect that the Trump administration could take steps that would cause Iran to abandon its commitments, people familiar with the issue say. 

 Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran's pact with world powers - under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions - describing it as "the worst deal ever negotiated".

 Zarif said, “They don’t want the U.S. to contravene the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal). 

 “Instead they want to steer the U.S. into adopting policies which leave us with no choice but to contravene it.”
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