Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the United States is waging a psychological war against Iran and its business partners.
“Today, the Americans’ main focus is on a psychological war and they are doing the utmost to exert psychological pressure on Iranians and our international partners,” he said in a live TV program on Sunday.
The Americans, he said, are trying to tell Iran’s partners, if you want to do business with the US, then don’t do business with Iran.
However, he said the US has failed to achieve its goals following its withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“From the time that Trump announced the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, America has not been able to reach its goals,” Zarif said.
US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and is reimposing sanctions on Tehran. Other parties to the accord are trying to find ways to save the agreement.
The European Union has vowed to protect companies dealing with Iran and has urged Iran to continue keeping its side of the bargain.
Zarif noted that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord has hurt the US.
Washington aims to force Tehran to end its nuclear program and its support of campaign against terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Washington’s move to reimpose sanctions.
The Iranian foreign minister said the "illegal" US withdrawal from the deal violated not only the deal but also the Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations signed by the two countries in 1955.
He said even close US allies and countries that are not in good terms with Tehran, such as Canada, have stood against Washington regarding the nuclear deal.
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The top diplomat further reiterated that Iran does not trust the US and relies on its own people for security and progress.
Iran's difference with other regional countries is that they are seeking security through buying arms or acquiring nuclear weapons, Zarif said.
Unlike them, “The Islamic Republic sees itself relying on its people in the fields of security and progress,” he added.
Zarif also said the nuclear deal has led to political conflict within Iran.
“There are some in the country who, instead of laying the groundwork for using the opportunities presented by the nuclear deal, chose a political fight,” Zarif said, according to ISNA. “And this political fight led to despair and disappointment.”
Press TV, ISNA and Reuters contributed to this story.