Iran’s top en­voy scolds Trump for tweet, rules out new talks

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NEWYORK » Iran’s top diplo­mat scolded Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day for a week­end tweet about a nonex­is­tent Ira­nian mis­sile launch and es­sen­tially ruled out rene­go­ti­at­ing or launch­ing fol­low-up talks to a land­mark nu­clear ac­cord that Trump threat­ens to dis­man­tle.

“We need to check our facts be­fore we make state­ments,” For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press. “It wor­ries me that peo­ple play with facts and pro­duce al­ter­na­tive facts.”

Healso crit­i­cized a re­cent in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum by Iraq’s Kur­dish mi­nor­ity as “dan­ger­ous” to sta­bil­ity in a Mid­dle East be­set by ef­forts to de­feat the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group and civil wars in Syria and Ye­men.

Zarif seemed to float the pos­si­bil­ity of a pris­oner ex­change for sev­eral de­tained Amer­i­cans in Iran, re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about their fate by rais­ing the sit­u­a­tion of sev­eral Ira­ni­ans held or be­ing pur­sued by the United States for sanc­tions vi­o­la­tions.

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