Iran says too early to reopen US embassy in Tehran

Javad Zarif says United States' 'illogical attitude' towards Iran means time is not ripe for reestablishing US embassy in Tehran

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Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Sunday it was too early to talk of reopening the US Embassy in Tehran, after Britain restored its diplomatic ties with the country four years after protesters raided the British ambassador's residence 

The British embassy was opened on Sunday in the wake of Iran’s rapid rapprochement with the West after an agreement was struck curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, asked if Tehran would now front a restoration of the US diplomatic mission, said the United States' "illogical attitude" towards Iran meant the time was not ripe for a similar move with Washington.   

"It seems that there needs to be a change in that kind of attitude and behaviour on the part of the US. So the situation is different with the US,"  Zarif said.   

Iranian nuclear deal

The final nuclear agreement reached on July 14 between Iran and the P5+1 countries - including,  Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China, and the US - also specified the removal of UN sanctions that were implemented after Iran insisted on pursuing an unfettered nuclear programme during the Ahmedinejad presidency.

The US embassy was closed in the early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 by students who feared a repeat of the 1953 coup in which the CIA arranged the overthrow of Iran's prime minister. The ensuing US hostage crisis lasted 444 days and Washington and Tehran have yet to restore diplomatic missions in each others' countries.

US President Barack Obama has vowed to exercise his veto if the US Congress, dominated by Republicans opposed to the deal, rejects the agreement, which would start the process of lifting a raft of sanctions which have hurt Iran's economy. 

TRTWorld and agencies