Implies that US president is interested in a photo opportunity, but that Tehran is not. Quips that White House can use Photoshop.
US president hints he might support oil-backed letter of credit to get Iranians “over very rough patch” caused by American sanctions. Says his “gut” tells him his counterpart will want to meet “to get this situation straightened out”.
Zarif’s remarks come as Australia and Bahrain agree to back US-led maritime security mission off Iranian coast already supported by UK.
Tehran open to negotiations to give poorest Central Asian nation and Persian-speaking ‘cousin’ route for commerce through facility shielded from US sanctions given its importance to Afghanistan.
Tense situation heightened by UK decision to join US in escroting vessels through region.