Iran’s Zarif: ‘no one trusts America’ anymore

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US could no longer be trusted in negotiations. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
Updated 09 August 2018
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Iran’s Zarif: ‘no one trusts America’ anymore

  • Zarif said it was hard to imagine new talks with the US after it lost the trust of the world
  • Trump says he wants talks with Iran on a new deal covering the full range of its “malign behavior” in the region

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday it was hard to imagine new talks with the US after it lost the trust of the world with its erratic decision-making.
“Imagine negotiating now — how can we trust them?” Zarif told reporters on state broadcaster IRINN. “America has zig-zagged constantly, so now no one trusts them.”
Zarif was speaking a day after Washington reimposed a first tranche of harsh sanctions following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
President Donald Trump says he wants talks with Iran on a new deal covering the full range of its “malign behavior” in the region, which has been dismissed by Iran.
“There is a big difference this time,” said Zarif.
“Before nobody supported Iran. But now, all the countries in the world are supporting Iran.”


Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz

Updated 2 min 16 sec ago
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Iran launches air maneuvers near strategic Strait of Hormuz

  • The drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets
TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s official IRNA news agency says the country’s air force is carrying out a drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.
Friday’s report says the drill involves the military’s and Revolutionary Guard fighter jets, including US-made F-4, French Mirage and Russian Sukhoi-22 planes. Five logistics and combat helicopters are also taking part in the exercise over the Arabian Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman.
It says the maneuver is a warning to Iran’s enemies that they face a quick, “stern response” in case of force toward Iran.
The exercise is part of annual manifestations on the anniversary of the start of the eight-year war Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched against Iran in 1980.