Iranian foreign minister wants "respect" from US

After a fiery speech by President Trump at the United Nations, where he condemned Iran as a "murderous regime" that needed to free Americans "unjustly detained", the Iranians reportedly declined an offered conversation between the president and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"If the decision comes from President Trump to officially withdraw from the deal, then Iran will take decisions that have been provided for under the JCPOA and outside JCPOA", Zarif said, referring to the 2015 accord.

"We have put a number of options for ourselves and those options are ready, including options that would involve resuming at a much greater speed our nuclear activities", Zarif said.

"And those options are ready to be implemented and we would make the necessary decision when we see fit", added the foreign minister, who is in the United States to attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace.

Zarif stressed, though, in separate remarks to reporters in NY on April 21 that Iran was not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in NY that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that its "probable" response to a United States withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium - a key bomb-making ingredient.

"America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment".

He said that it would be the last time he signed the sanctions waiver unless the European allies agree to a supplemental deal to fix the "terrible flaws" of the JCPOA, according to Trump, who also slammed Iran's missile program.

U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the nuclear pact and demanded the elimination of sunset clauses for some of the restrictions the U.S. places on Iran from the nuclear deal.

"Since President Trump has been in office, he has not actually lived up to the deal", Zarif told CBS's Margaret Brennan in an interview airing Sunday on "Face the Nation". And he's threatening to pull out if the US and its allies can not agree on "significant changes".

In January he sent an ultimatum to Britain, France and Germany, saying they must agree to fix what the United States sees as the deal's flaws or he would refuse to extend the critical U.S. sanctions relief that it entails.

At least five Iranians, all dual-American citizens or green-card holders, have been sentenced to prison on espionage-related charges, as has Chinese-American Princeton graduate student Xiyue Wang.