FM Zarif, along with his deputies Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, arrived in NY to attend a series of worldwide meetings and press conferences of the United Nations.
There are 2 comments on the The Washington Post story from 10 hrs ago, titled Administration expected to recertify Obama's Iran nuclear deal that Trump once promised to kill. But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that until the Iran review is completed, the us will continue upholding its side of the agreement: relief from nuclear sanctions.
"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency, therefore, the United States should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement", Zarif said upon his arrival at the airport in New York Thursday afternoon local time (early Friday morning in Tehran).
Scuttling the nuclear deal would put further distance between Trump and foreign leaders who are already upset over his move to withdraw the USA from the global climate change agreement known as the Paris accord.
"I think at the end of the day, everybody will see that the agreement will represent an outcome that was the best possibility for all concerned [parties]", he pointed out.
Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic.
Zarif will also deliver a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in a ceremony attended by CFR chairman Richard Haass on July 17, 2017, the spokesman said earlier.
"The nightmare that we are facing in the region is a effect of many years of intervention and short-sighted policies by the USA in the region which has resulted, as expected, in the exacerbation of extremism and terrorism in our region", he said.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif believes the United States should take a new path under Trump.
Iran tops the list of the countries that support governments, Armies and the nations of the region in the fight against terrorism, Zarif noted. One more step - and there will be military actions.
"Now, all our efforts are focused on a comprehensive ceasefire in coordination with Russian Federation and Turkey through Astana talks, to send the humanitarian helps and relieve the Syrian people's sufferings and pains", Zarif asserted. The Astana discussions produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria that sharply reduced fighting in the Arab country.