Trump: Iran ‘not good enough’ to reach nuclear deal

Written by Staff Writer Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, criticized the US position United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Iran for not being “good enough” to reach…

Trump: Iran 'not good enough' to reach nuclear deal

Written by Staff Writer

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, criticized the US position

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized Iran for not being “good enough” to reach an agreement with world powers over its disputed nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on his twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, writing: “Never in the history of the world has a sanction-wielding nation tried so hard (and so viciously) to destroy a non-nuclear weapon state.”

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, senior advisor to President Hassan Rouhani, responded to the US President’s comments: “The leading obstacle to reviving #IrannukeDeal is US reticence to lift those sanctions.”

Zarif had earlier posted a picture of himself meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Twitter, writing: “While U.S. President lies to divert attention, UN Secretary-General meets Iranian counterparts to keep #IrannukeDeal alive.”

The US President was speaking at the end of a two-day meeting in Washington, DC on counter-terror efforts.

Citing the sanctions imposed by the West over Iran’s uranium enrichment program since 1979, Trump said the Islamic Republic was not “good enough” to make a deal.

“We were ready to make a deal but the other side wasn’t,” Trump said. “There was no reason for us to make a deal unless we got a great deal. And that’s what we got.”

Tehran has previously accused Washington of not making any real moves toward a deal to alleviate its international obligations on the nuclear program.

Iran has been engaging in intricate discussions with the U.S. on removing remaining sanctions in return for concessions on its ballistic missile program and its nuclear activity.

Iran has responded to the US stand by telling Trump that he will be “faced with failure” if he refuses to cut the value of the dollar in global trade.

Sheikha Moza, who has a much higher profile than most advisers to the President, was also scathing in her response to Trump.

She cited the many international achievements of the Iranian authorities, including the fact that last month’s legislative elections proved the strength of the Rouhani government’s popularity.

CNN’s David Ariosto reported from Washington, DC. CNN’s Ryan Browne and Shani Hilton reported from Tehran. CNN’s Richard Quest reported from Hong Kong. CNN’s Jeanne Sahadi reported from Casablanca.

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