Iran Sets New Condition for US Prisoner Swap

Iran Open To Talks On Prisoners If US Shifts 'Attitude,' Zarif Says

In an interview with reporters at an Iranian official residence overlooking New York's Central Park, Zarif said that the Trump administration had the "option to kill the deal, but they have to face the consequences ..."

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said that the USA government's "obstructions" and moves against the 2015 nuclear deal has put the deal on the verge of collapse. Other members of the administration and some lawmakers have called for regime change and military action against Iran.

Global experts, as well as US national security officials, have said Iran is complying with the deal ― even though it continues to pursue other policies that the USA administration believes pose a threat.

"Nobody else will trust any US administration to engage in any long-term negotiation because the length of any commitment, the duration of any commitment from now on with any USA administration would be the remainder of the term of that president", Zarif had said.

Trump in January set a 120-day deadline for USA lawmakers and European allies to "fix" the nuclear deal or face a USA exit. Negotiations involved the U.S., China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Zarif then reminder viewers that it was the USA who backed Iraq's Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980's, even supplying ingredients and condoning the use of chemical weapons by the Iraqis.

Iran threatened to "toughly" resume uranium enrichment if the USA pulls out of the worldwide treaty made in 2015 on restrictions of Iranian nuclear programme.

The Iran nuclear deal was President Barack Obama's signature foreign policy achievement and is therefore, not surprisingly, reviled by Trump. "Then you do not leave much room for a genuine dialogue".

The Trump administration has been critical of Iran for its support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have been accused of using chemical weapons in that country's seven-year civil war.

The April 9 attack was directed exclusively at an arsenal of Iranian weapons, which were stored at the targeted airbase outside Palmyra.

"We will not be the first to violate the accord, but they should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it", he said.

"We have put a number of options for ourselves and those options are ready, including options that would involve resuming at a much greater speed our nuclear activities", Zarif said. He added "neither the range nor the performance of our missiles are longer or more extensive than those that our neighbors have".

The US "has not only failed to implement its side, but is even asking for more", Zarif, told reporters on Saturday in NY.

"It would not be pleasant for the United States ― the reaction of the worldwide community, and as I said Iran has many options and those options are not pleasant", he added".

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