August 19, 2019 / 11:15 AM / 4 months ago

Iran's Zarif rules out talks with U.S. over a new nuclear deal

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media during a Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said Iran is not interested in talks with Washington, but any mediation should focus on bringing the United States back to the 2015 nuclear deal which it left last year.

Zarif was speaking in Finland after meeting Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto, who said Europe was doing its best to salvage the deal.

Reporting by Anna Ringstrom and Parisa Hafezi; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Alison Williams

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