Iranian FM mocks Trump over North Korea nuclear summit
Days after his resignation was rejected, Zarif says US president can’t improve on 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif publicly ridiculed Donald Trump, saying Washington’s failed nuclear summit with North Korea demonstrates that the US president won’t get a better deal than the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
“YOU’LL NEVER GET A BETTER DEAL”
The Iranian foreign minister, whose attempted resignation was rejected earlier this week, said on Friday that Trump should have “realized that pageantries, photo-ops & flip-flops don’t make for serious diplomacy”.
A second summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed on Thursday over sanctions, and the two sides gave conflicting accounts of exactly what happened, raising questions about the future of their denuclearization talks.
“It took 10 years of posturing plus two years-literally thousands of hours of negotiations to hammer out every word of the 150-page JCPOA. You’ll never get a better deal,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, using the acronym for the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
Signed by the Iranian government and several world powers, the JCPOA led to Iran curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.