Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Tehran's top diplomat slams 'fake' empathy from Trump for Iranians

Tehran's top diplomat slams 'fake' empathy from Trump for Iranians

That ban had barred citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lacked a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" from entering the US. Last week, in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, he called it "an embarrassment to the United States".

That the Trump regime wants to put an end to these possibilities damages our already fractured reputation in the region and gives us very little ground from which to negotiate.

The EU's envoy underscored that Iran was in technical compliance with the agreement and the German ambassador said the deal provides for a safer world. "Nothing in the agreement is preventing us from facing the challenges raised by Iran on other issues".

Amid this uncertainty, European diplomats have lobbied the Trump administration and lawmakers to continue providing sanctions relief in exchange for Iran abiding by strict caps on its nuclear program and allowing intrusive IAEA inspections. After that, Iran will behave like any other non-nuclear-weapons-state member of the NPT. The report pointed out that this is why he was executed one year after the conclusion of JCPOA negotiations.

Wittig said that engaging with Iran after the lifting of sanctions is "a legitimate and desirable goal" of the agreement because trade and regular contact "potentially binds us closer together" and could eventually change Iranian behavior.

"All the hopes of both are fading away", Shahverdi said. Just as Iran was threatening to burn Israel, North Korea started threatening to burn Japan. They will have to choose between breaking publicly with a key ally or losing credibility by failing to honor a diplomatic agreement.

Iran's foreign minister, too, criticized Trump for the newly announced travel restrictions.

The foreign minister added that Donald Trump's certification of whether Iran is abiding by the deal - due mid-October - is an "internal procedure" that in itself does not endanger the agreement.

The Europeans say they can't tell if their lobbying efforts have been effective ― and they don't expect to find out until the rest of the world does.

Darroch said he thought the administration is making headway in raising its concerns about Tehran.

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