Iran insists US stop opposing Israeli nuke disarmament
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Iran insists US stop opposing Israeli nuke disarmament

Setting out a list of demands for improving ties, Tehran’s FM also says Washington must return to nuclear accord, stop providing arms to ‘invaders in Yemen’

In this April 24, 2018, photo, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,)
In this April 24, 2018, photo, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,)

Iran has announced a list of 15 demands for improving relations with the United States, including a US return to the 2015 nuclear accord, in response to a similar list of demands made by Washington last month.

In an article in a state-owned newspaper Thursday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the US to stop providing arms to the “invaders of Yemen,” referring to Saudi Arabia, and to drop its opposition to the nuclear disarmament of Israel.

Israel is believed by foreign governments and media to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear power, but has long refused to confirm or deny that it has nuclear weapons.

Zarif’s article came in response to demands laid out in May by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who called for a wholesale change in Iran’s military and regional policies, threatening the “strongest sanctions in history” if it refused.

Pompeo outlined 12 conditions that the US considers prerequisites for any firm agreement with the Islamic Republic, including giving up ballistic missiles, ending support for terror and halting threats against Israel, among other demands.

He said the length of the list was simple testament to the “scope of the malign behavior of Iran.”

The US withdrew from the landmark nuclear agreement with world powers earlier that month.

Shortly after Pompeo’s speech, Zariff blasted the new US strategy as a “regression.”

“US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies — dictated by corrupt Special Interest — it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards. Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions,” he wrote on Twitter.

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