How Are Iranian Products Making Their Way into Israel?
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THE RUNDOWN | Sanctions on Iran have made caused many of Iran's residents to suffer harsh economic consequences. But how is it that their products are making their way into an enemy state that is Israel? Our Daniel Campos has the story.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif has reiterated that his country does not want a war with the United States, but adds that President Donald Trump must lift the harsh economic sanctions to clear the way for negotiations.
"Once those sanctions are lifted, then ... the room for negotiation is wide open," Zarif said in an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt during a visit to New York for a U.N. conference.
He blamed the US for undermining diplomacy, referring to Trump’s decision to walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal last year, imposing sanctions that have slashed Iran’s oil exports and damaged its economy.
While he submitted that he does not think Trump is interested in waging a war on Iran, he suggested that others in his administration may be.
"I do not believe that President Trump wants war. But I believe that people are around him who wouldn't mind," Zarif said.
On Monday, Iran's atomic energy agency threatened to reverse its nuclear program to its status before restrictions were imposed under a 2015 landmark agreement with world powers.
But Zarif claimed that the Islamic Republic could have previously developed nuclear arms if its goal was really to reach a military confrontation.
"Had we been interested in developing nuclear weapons, we would have been able to do it long time ago," Zarif said.
The Iranian foreign minister was granted a temporary travel visa by the US in order to attend an upcoming UN meeting in New York after personally approved by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Observers say that Pompeo’s approval is a signal to the Islamic Republic that the White House does not want to completely isolate its regime from the world stage.
Zarif is expected to attend a meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council, a high-level ministerial meeting on sustainable development goals for issues that include conflict, hunger, gender equality and climate change, the Post reported.