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Iran denies plans to talk with US during UNGA meet

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Tehran, Aug 12 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Tehran has no plan to talk with the US on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting.

“No meeting is expected to take place,” Xinhua news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

“The Americans are not honest,” he added.

On Friday, Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs, also said he did not see “any reason” for talks with the US at the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting next month.

“What expectations could you have from a person who pulls out from international engagement and now says let’s hold talks,” Ravanchi said.

US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, on May 8 and demanded renegotiation of the pact.

Since then, the Trump administration has slapped a number of sanctions on Iran while vowing to apply more.

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Minutes after Najam’s exit, Ehsan named PCB boss

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Lahore, Aug 20 (IANS) Minutes after Najam Sethi announced his resignation as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, new Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday appointed former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani as the new board chairman.

“I have appointed Ehsan Mani as chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 years,” Imran, who also is patron of the PCB, announced on Twitter.

Sethi, who was instrumental in ensuring the return of international cricket to the country after he took over four years ago, tendered his resignation on Monday evening.

In a letter circulated on Twitter, Sethi, who had a famously poor relationship with the World Cup-winning captain Imran, wrote: “I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done on Monday. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength.”

Sethi, who was nominated to the PCB Board of Governors by ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 2014-2017 and then again from 2017-2020 by ex-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said he wanted to make way for the new PM to implement his vision for Pakistan cricket.

“I was unanimously elected Chairman PCB in August 2017 by all ten members of the BoG for a three-year term ending in 2020. I believe I have served the cause of cricket diligently,” Sethi further said in his resignation letter.

“You have said on many occasions that you have a vision for Pakistan cricket. Therefore it is only proper that you should assume charge and responsibility for assembling a management team for PCB that enjoys your full confidence and trust.”

“In order to facilitate your objectives in the interest of Pakistan cricket, I hereby submit my resignation as Chairman of PCB and Member of its BoG,” he added.

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Pakistan : Najam Sethi quits as PCB chief

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Lahore, Aug 20 (IANS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi, who was instrumental in ensuring the return of international cricket to the country after he took over four years ago, tendered his resignation on Monday.

“I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done on Monday. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength,” Sethi, who had a famously poor relationship with new PM and World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, announced on Twitter.

Sethi, who was nominated to the PCB Board of Governors by ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 2014-2017 and then again from 2017-2020 by ex-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said he wanted to make way for the new PM to implement his vision for Pakistan cricket.

“I was unanimously elected Chairman PCB in August 2017 by all ten members of the BoG for a three-year term ending in 2020. I believe I have served the cause of cricket diligently,” Sethi further said in his resignation letter.

“You have said on many occasions that you have a vision for Pakistan cricket. Therefore it is only proper that you should assume charge and responsibility for assembling a management team for PCB that enjoys your full confidence and trust.”

“In order to facilitate your objectives in the interest of Pakistan cricket, I hereby submit my resignation as Chairman of PCB and Member of its BoG,” he added.

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US suffering from disease of ‘Imposing Sanctions on Iran’: Zarif

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August 20: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US is addicted to applying sanctions on Iran and termed it as an disease which needs to be cured.

In an exclusive interview to CNN, Zarif said “I believe there is a disease in the US and that is the addiction to sanctions.Even during the (former President Barack) Obama administration, the US put more emphasis on keeping the sanctions it had not lifted rather than implementing its obligation on the sanctions it lifted.”

 Zarif, the key architect of the complex nuclear deal between Iran and the West, stated that the nuclear deal could be revived regardless of President Donald Trump’s administration’s denunciation of it.

gave to Western media since some of the US sanctions against Tehran were renewed last week.

The US-educated minister gave the interview in English on the 65th anniversary of a Washington-backed coup that overthrew democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.

Zarif retained a clear belief during the hour-long interview that the nuclear deal could be revived regardless of President Donald Trump’s administration’s denunciation of it.

In May, Trump withdrew from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and intended to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief, calling it a “horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made”.

The first wave of sanctions that were to “snap back” under the administration’s move hit the import of car parts and precious metals on August 6.

Zarif expressed his dismay that the US has not learned that sanctions were ineffective in changing the political climate in Iran.

“We felt that the US had learned that at least as far as Iran is concerned, sanctions do produce economic hardship but do not produce the political outcomes that they intended them to produce, and I thought that the Americans had learned that lesson. Unfortunately I was wrong,” the Minister told CNN.

He said that the same ’50s thinking embodied the current US approach.

“I think the US administration still believes that it is working with the government it installed in Iran after the 1953 coup,” he said, adding “As they say, they have to wake up and smell the coffee.”

For much of the interview, Zarif appeared to dismiss the possibility of future talks with the Trump administration and maintain the hope the deal can be revived.

“We do not want to revisit that nuclear deal… We want the US to implement that nuclear deal. Today the closest US allies are resisting those sanctions. The US basically arm-twisting — its attempt to put pressure. I don’t want to use the term bullying … (but) that’s what it amounts to.”

Additional sanctions are due to hit Tehran in November against the Iranian oil industry, which accounts for a fifth of the country’s GDP.

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