TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic should fully reap the benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
"They were always saying that we want a treaty with Iran. Now they just withdrew from the (1955 Treaty of Amity) that we have with the United States because the International Court of Justice ruled against them," Zarif told Al Jazeera news network in an interview in New York released on Friday.
"That tells you that whatever you negotiate with this president and with this administration, they're not going to be bound by it,” he added.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington is canceling a 1955 treaty with Tehran after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United States to halt the unilateral sanctions it recently re-imposed on "humanitarian" supplies to Iran.
Asked if Iran will ever meet with US President Donald Trump or members of his administration, Zarif responded, "In politics, never say never. But I believe that there is need for a serious change in the administration".
"We're not actually eager to meet with (the US president) because the United States is not a reliable negotiating partner," Zarif said.
Speaking about the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, which the US pulled out of in May, Zarif reaffirmed his support for the JCPOA.
"We believe it's a deal that is in the interest of the international community," he said.
"Iran has given the Europeans some time, because they asked us for some time to try to compensate for US departure from the nuclear deal," he added. "That means that Iran needs to receive the economic dividends of the deal."
Despite Washington's withdrawal, Iran has not left the deal yet, but stressed that the remaining signatories to the agreement now had to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they wanted Tehran to remain in it.
Other parties to the JCPOA have repeatedly announced that the deal is working and should stay in place.