The Iranian foreign minister said that the world is not interested in abiding by the US sanctions against Iran, adding that important countries are trying to stand against the sanctions.
Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that measures taken by the European countries indicate that they are committed to the nuclear deal in both word and action.
Zarif said the European Union’s move to activate the “blocking statute” on Tuesday and their consultations with different countries show that they are trying to save the 2015 nuclear deal, but it is important how far they would go.
The EU on Tuesday activated the blocking statute to safeguard its firms active in Iran against US secondary sanctions.
The sanctions, which took effect on Tuesday, prohibit Iran from using US currency. They also bar trading in cars, metals and minerals that include gold, steel, coal and aluminum. Iran will also be barred from buying US and European aircraft.
The Iranian foreign minister described US President Donald Trump’s recent calls for direct talks with Tehran as “propaganda.” He said if they want to prove their sincerity, they should go back to the 2015 nuclear deal.
“The Americans have never been honest and Trump’s move was propaganda,” Zarif said.
“The main reason for it is that Trump has no concern for the Iranian people or international obligations,” the top diplomat added.
“Trump’s main goal is opposing the Iranian people (and what proves this is that) the first batch of sanctions relates to planes,” Zarif said, adding that Iran had planned to receive 200 passenger planes but the purchase was canceled because of the US sanctions.
“The planes were to be used by the Iranian nation, so they are lying and their target is the Iranian people,” he added.
The comments came after Trump last week voiced a willingness to meet with Iran’s leadership, without preconditions.
IRNA, Tasnim News Agency contributed to this story.