Zarif says Iran has no intention to hold talks with US

MNA – In a press conference with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran is not inclined to conduct negotiations with the US and any mediatory act should be focused on returning Americans to JCPOA.

“Mediatory measures should be focused on bringing the US back to the negotiating table and convincing it to fulfill its commitments under thevJCPOA,” he said.

He noted that Iran had held fruitful and long talks with the Americans to endorse JCPOA and it was not Iran which left the negotiating table.

The Finnish minister for his part announced his country’s full support for the Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif, who is on a three-nation tour to Nordic countries, met and held talks with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto on Monday in Helsinki.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the issues surrounding the Iranian-operated oil tanker Grace 1 (renamed to Adrian Darya 1), which has recently been released and has now entered international waters 45 days after having been illegally detained in Gibraltar by the UK.

They also conferred on the latest developments on the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the JCPOA, and highlighted the need for expediting efforts to fully launch INSTEX – EU’s trade mechanism for Iran aimed at facilitating trade in the face of US sanctions.

The two ministers then exchanged views on the security of the Persian Gulf region, as well as the proposals and initiatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran for holding regional dialogue.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Zarif arrived in Helsinki today to hold high-level talks with the European country’s senior officials on a host of bilateral as well as international issues.

The top diplomat’s visit comes as the first of his three-nation tour, as he will depart Finland for Norway and Sweden afterwards to “discuss ways to ease tensions in the West Asia region.”

Prior to his meeting with Pekka Haavisto, Zarif held talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.