by Jasmin Ramsey
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during an interview in New York last week:
ZAKARIA: Tell me first, do you still continue to hold that optimism on the basis of the – the discussions you had?
ZARIF: Well, the first meeting that we had was positive. But we didn’t get into the details. And usually it’s more difficult to negotiate the details. But I think it’s a good beginning. It’s a good political jump to the process. And we can start with this, what I hope to be a political will and political desire on the part of the members of E3-plus-3 and Iran to move forward and resolve this issue, because what we have done in the past 10 years has not benefited the P5-plus-1. It hasn’t benefitted Iran. We have very serious sanctions that are hurting the Iranian people. And at the same time, instead of a few hundred centrifuges that we had 10 years ago or eight years ago, now we have 18,000. So nobody has benefitted from this pattern of relations that we’ve had over the last eight years. There is a need for change. And I hope that everybody realizes that we need to change that process, put an end to something that was a lose-lose situation and hopefully begin something that will be to the benefit of everybody.