Amb. Majid Takht Ravanchi live interview with Andrea Mitchel MSNBC:

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MITCHELL: Joining me now is Iran’s ambassador to the united nations. Thank you very much for being with us today.

RAVANCHI: Good to be with you.

MITCHELL: It is good to see you again. First of all, the president of the United States has just said that he would be willing to talk to Iran, but he says that former secretary Kerry has been interfering with that by telling Iran not to talk to the trump administration.

RAVANCHI: This is something new to us that John Kerry has told us not to talk to the current president or his administration. He just said something else, the president just said that what he wants from Iran is not to have nuclear weapons. Apparently he hasn’t read the 14 reports of the iaea, international atomic energy agency, saying that Iran has been up holding all of its obligations based on the jcpoa, the nuclear deal. So we are not interested in nuclear weapons. In fact, our supreme leader has a verdict saying that nuclear weapon is forbidden in Islam. So there is no need for us to go for nuclear weapons, and apparently, as I said, he is not aware that Iran is not looking after nuclear weapons.

MITCHELL: And would you be willing to have — would your leader be willing to talk to the United States? The president said, would like to see — I would like to see them call me, and then he went on his attack against John Kerry, accusing John Kerry of interfering in that process. But he said he would sit down and negotiate with Iran.

RAVANCHI: The first question that he has to answer is why he left the negotiating table because we were talking to all participants of the nuclear deal, including the United States, within the framework of the joint commission, of that deal. So all of a sudden he decided to leave the negotiating table. So why he has not answered this, proposing to have, you know, fresh rounds of talks with Iranians, with this history of just tearing apart a nuclear agreement which is not only between Iran and the United States. It has been negotiated between Iran and other world powers, endorsed by the un security council, it has become part of the international law. All of a sudden he said, I don’t like this and let’s sit down and talk about another rounds of negotiations. What is the guarantee that he will not renege again on the future talks between Iran and the United States?

MITCHELL: Now, some of your allies in Europe who have been supporting Iran and the U.S. Has, frankly, been isolated diplomatically are concerned at what they saw as a break yesterday where president rouhani said that he’s beginning to, first of all, not comply with all of the provisions of this agreement that the U.S. Walked away from a year ago, and in 60 days if the Europeans do not resume or continue buying Iranian oil and make up for what the U.S. Is doing, because you haven’t had any benefits. You have, in fact, suffered economically as a result of the U.S. Withdrawal. That he will walk away from other very important procedures, including enriching uranium. Do you give up the high ground here by beginning to walk away from something that as you have pointed out you have complied with?

RAVANCHI: What is important for us is the national interests of Iran. We have been adhering to our parts of the deal. The jcpoa or the nuclear deal was more or less a balanced text. When the U.S. Administration withdrew from that treaty, that balance has badly hurt. Europeans have told us not to rush to get out of the nuclear deal, and we did. We accepted their suggestion and we have for the last year, we have been waiting for any response, any credible response, any practical response. Not just words, words of support, which are good, but it is not enough.

MITCHELL: Let me just give you — because we are running out of time. I am apologizing.


MITCHELL: I have to ask you to respond to the NBC report that — and the president just repeated that there was an Iranian threat and that’s why they sent the carrier group.

RAVANCHI: No, these are all allegations which are being produced by the same people who in the run-up to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq did the same. So we do not accept such an allegation, and all of these are fake intelligence.

MITCHELL: U.N. Ambassador, it is a great pleasure. Thank you very much for responding.


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