Trump Administration Sending 'Contradictory Signals' To Iran, Zarif Says

Iran's foreign ministry US violating nuclear deal

The U.S. State Department is reportedly preparing to issue a report for the second time since Trump took office certifiying that Iran is in compliance with the deal.

Iran's foreign minister said the government has received "contradictory signals" from the Trump administration and doesn't know how to interpret them, but he held open the possibility of talks and improved relations with the United States.

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) also expressed dismay at the state of the deal, noting in a press release, "The JCPOA represented an opportunity for the USA and Iran to change course, broaden engagement, and end the policy of sanctions and antagonism".

Zarif's remarks come following a critical letter sent by four United States senators, including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in which they asserted that Iran is not upholding its end of the deal.

The United States, unlike Iran, does not fulfill its obligations under the nuclear deal, stated Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is now in NY to attend the UN high-level political forum on sustainable development, said in an interview with CNN on July 16.

"However, the secretary of State and the president intend to emphasize that Iran remains one of the most risky threats to USA interests and to regional stability and to highlight the range of malign activities by Iran that extend well beyond the nuclear realm", the official added.

This is not a violation of the spirit, but of the letter of the agreement, according to Zarif. "On seven different occasions, the IAEA declared that Iran is entirely fulfilling its part of the deal".

"We receive contradictory signals", Zarif said when asked about the possible outcome of the review.

But unfortunately, he said, the US has not complied, and the six parties to the agreement will be meeting in Vienna on Friday to examine Iran's complaints about the USA failure to carry out its obligations.

Zarif said that for the United States "it's more important to maintain the sanctions that remain" on Iran "rather than remove the sanctions that have been lifted".

Earlier this year Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all cut off diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of financing Islamist militant groups and allying with Iran - allegations Qatar denies. He also cited Iran's vote on July 7 in favour of the first-ever United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which was approved by 122 countries.

But he added: "As foreign minister, I always try on humanitarian grounds to help".

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