Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif defended in a speech to Parliament today, Tuesday, the possibility of negotiating with the United States, in response to MPs criticism of his previous statements in this regard.
Zarif said, “I negotiated even with Saddam, do you think I liked negotiating with Saddam. Do you think I enjoyed sitting before Saddam? No, this is my job and my duty. Do not record this as a sin for me. God willing, such actions will atone for my sins.” .
Zarif added that Washington can return to the 5 + 1 table in the event that sanctions are lifted and the nuclear deal obligations are implemented.
He said, “On the last day of Trump’s presidency, we confirm the failure of his reckless policy and his utmost pressure to achieve its goals against Iran,” adding that thanks to “the resistance of the Iranian nation.”
The Iranian parliament granted Zarif two yellow cards because he was not convinced of the minister’s answers to questions asked by his deputies on two issues, the first about statements to the German magazine “Spiegel” last year that followed the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in which Zarif said that Tehran was ready to negotiate with Washington, and the second issue is regarding legislators’ criticism of the economic performance of the Iranian Foreign Ministry .
It is noteworthy that directing the two cards does not mean interrogating Zarif, but it paves the way for him in the future if the number reaches three.