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.”