|U.S. administration should rein in out-of-touch officials: Zarif||
TEHRAN – The U.S. administration should rein in officials who are out of touch because they may undermine the process of negotiations between Iran and the world powers over the country’s nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Tuesday.
“There are still people in the U.S. administration, such as (those in) the U.S. Treasury, who are not realistic, and the U.S. administration should do something about it. Otherwise, the negotiations will hit a snag as a result of the actions of such people,” Zarif said in an interview broadcast live on state television.
“Those who want to interact with us should learn to talk to the Iranian people with the language of respect and equality. We speak only on an equal footing,” he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif commented on the long-delayed Geneva II peace conference for Syria, which will open in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux on January 22.
“A few hours ago, the UN secretary general (Ban Ki-moon) called me and said, ‘We believe that Iran’s participation in the next event on Syria, Geneva II, is necessary.’”
“The world has come to the conclusion that the issue of Afghanistan could not have been resolved without Iran’s involvement and the issue of Syria is also so,” the Iranian foreign minister said, referring to the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in 2001.
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