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Zarif Laments Mixed Signals From US

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21 Dec 2015

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it remains to be seen if Iran-US relations would ease in the wake of the implementation of the nuclear deal with major powers as early as next month.

Zarif said Iran was disturbed by recent proposed changes to the US Visa Waiver Program that could require European travelers who had visited Iran to apply for a visa to travel to the United States and he had been discussing the matter with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Zarif made the statements in an interview with Al-Monitor at Iran’s ambassadorial residence in New York on Friday following international peace talks on Syria.
“We will have to wait and see,” he said when asked whether Iran-US ties would ease after the United States lifts sanctions as early as January.
“Unfortunately, there are mixed signals coming from Washington, mostly negative signals, including the Visa Waiver Program restrictions” included in a Congressional omnibus spending bill, Zarif said.
“Now we wait for the decision by the administration on how it wants to bring itself into compliance with its obligations under JCPOA,” he said.
“I have had discussions with Secretary Kerry and others on this for the past several days since it’s become known that this was the intention. And I wait for them to take action.”

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