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'We don't believe' Trump wants confrontation: Iran's Zarif

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'We don't believe' Trump wants confrontation: Iran's Zarif

In an interview on CBS "Face the Nation", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated his charge that a group of foreign powers plus President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton are 'pushing' U.S. into a confrontation with Iran that Trump himself does not want.

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'We don't believe' Trump wants confrontation: Iran's Zarif

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In an interview on CBS "Face the Nation", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated his charge that a group of foreign powers plus President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton are 'pushing' U.S. into a confrontation with Iran that Trump himself does not want.

"We do not want conflict.

We resist, but we're not seeking confrontation.

We don't believe that President Trump wants confrontation, but we know that there are people pushing for one," Zarif said.

Earlier in the week, Zarif dubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed, and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, along with Bolton, as the "B Team", saying they were pushing U.S. policy on Iran.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since the Trump administration withdrew last year from a 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran and began ratcheting up sanctions.

Earlier this month, the United States demanded buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May or face sanctions and blacklisted Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), saying it was behind pro-Iranian militia that had caused the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq.

Iran said on Sunday it could quit a treaty against the spread of nuclear weapons after the United States tightens sanctions, while an Iranian general said the U.S. Navy was interacting as before with an elite military unit blacklisted by Washington.

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