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Published: 0300 GMT August 13, 2018

Zarif: Iran won’t change regional policies under US threats

Zarif: Iran won’t change regional policies under US threats

Iran will not change its policies in the Middle East despite mounting US pressure, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

“Iran will not change its policies in the region because of US sanctions and threats,” Al Jazeera on Monday quoted Zarif as saying.

In May, US President Donald Trump exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, saying it failed to address Iran’s ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 or its role in the region.

"Iran will never hold negotiations about its missile program because our missiles do not threaten anybody," the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.

Zarif also said a recent proposal by the US to enter into negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear issue while reimposing sanctions against the country is nothing but propaganda. He emphasized that Washington must lift the bans on Tehran.

Trump said on July 30 that he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, “any time they want to.”

“It’s good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump said.

In a live televised interview on August 6, Rouhani said the US administration is no more able to prove its trustworthiness for any negotiations after its withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and a number of other international treaties.

Elsewhere in his interview, Zarif said the US has launched an economic war against Iran and Turkey, emphasizing that Tehran would fully stand by Ankara in its confrontation with Washington.

Relations between Ankara and Washington have sunk to their lowest point in decades over a number of issues, including the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related charges, and the depreciation of the Turkish lira to hit record lows against the dollar.

The US president wrote on Twitter late last month that his country "will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded by announcing to freeze the assets in Turkey of US ministers of "justice and interior," in tit-for-tat response to US sanctions.

On Friday, the US president announced to double steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, saying relations between Washington and Ankara are “not good.”

Zarif also said in his interview that Trump's plan to create a NATO-like security and political alliance between Arab countries to confront Iran is "another illusion and useless policy."

He added that Saudi Arabia is leading a criminal policy in Yemen and Western countries are cooperating with Riyadh in its war on Sana'a by remaining silent and dispatching arms.

The Al Saud regime along with some of its allies, particularly the UAE, has been waging a deadly war against impoverished Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.

Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed and thousands more injured since the onset of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

Reuters, Press TV contributed to this story.

 

 

   
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