Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: Tehran does not exclude negotiations with Washington even after the assassination of the Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, provided that it changes its approach and removes sanctions.
In his speech to the German newspaper "Der Spiegel", Zarif added: The assassination of Soleimani is the beginning of the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, and possibly from the region, pointing out that Iran has done a lot of harm to the United States.
He said: "The United States, with all its military might, was unable to prevent Iranian missiles from targeting American bases in Iraq."
This is a major shift in the Iranian position, as Iran has refused to accept Qatari mediation to ease tension between it and America after the assassination of Qasim Soleimani, according to statements by a senior leader in the Revolutionary Guards, reported by Iranian state television.
General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, one of the most prominent leaders of the Revolutionary Guards, revealed on Iranian television his country's position on Qatari mediation, saying: "The consequences of the death of Commander Soleimani will be very painful for the Americans, and the decision to respond has been taken and irreversible, and we advise the United States not to tire itself by sending mediators and ministers to mediate." Meeting with Minister Javad Zarif to dissuade Tehran from the decision to respond. "
General Naqdi added: "We tell them not to send their messages, do not call, and do not send anyone to meet Zarif here in Tehran."
Iran also rejected Omani mediation, as the Iranian presidency said earlier: "It makes no sense to negotiate with the American administration under the current circumstances."