Iran’s Foreign Minister Says It’s Too Early for the U.S. to Reopen Its Embassy in Tehran

TEHRAN, IRAN - AUGUST 23: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is seen during a joint press conference with British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond (not seen) at Foreign Ministry in Tehran, Iran on August 23, 2015. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

TEHRAN, IRAN – AUGUST 23: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is seen during a joint press conference with British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond (not seen) at Foreign Ministry in Tehran, Iran on August 23, 2015. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Javad Zarif said the U.S. needed to first change its “illogical attitude”

Iran’s Foreign Minister saidSunday that it was premature to consider the reopening of a U.S. embassy in the country.

Javad Zarif’s remarks come as Britain restored its diplomatic presence in the country, four years after protesters stormed the U.K. embassy, triggering a breakdown in relations.

Speaking at a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Tehran, Zarif said the time was not right for Washington to follow suit, reports Reuters.

“It seems that there needs to be a change in that kind of attitude and behavior on the part of the U.S.,” he said. “So the situation is different with the U.S.”

America’s relations with Iran broke down in 1979 after a group of Iranian students, who supported the Islamic Revolution in the wake of the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, sacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Angered by Washington’s support of the ousted Shah and his admittance to the U.S. for medical treatment, the students took over the compound, taking 52 hostages. The ensuing hostage crisis lasted 444 days.

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