Iranian FM: Viewing nuclear issue as zero sum game has been wrong

November 2, 2013 11:24

Viewing the nuclear issue as a zero sum game in the past decade has been the wrong approach, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said at a conference on nuclear disarmament in Istanbul on Friday.

“On the nuclear issue, I believe the problem we have faced in the last ten years is we have both seen the nuclear issue as a zero sum game; we have articulated two seemingly opposing objectives, and each tried to make gains for one objective seemingly at the expense of the others,” Zarif was quoted by Al-Monitor as saying.

“The result had been that ten years ago, Iran had less than 160 centrifuges spinning, now it has over 18,000,” he said.

However, while a decade ago the Iranian economy was prospering, it is now suffering under crippling sanctions that "are hurting the wrong segment of the population. I hope we have come to understand that approach was wrong.”

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