"They (US officials) want to put pressure on the Iranian people in order to change their policy. That is the way the United States has acted for 40 years and, particularly since President [Donald] Trump came to office, it violated a commitment by another US president, [Barack] Obama," Zarif told the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster in an interview aired on Saturday
He said that the sanctions won't have any “political effect” and that Iran has developed various schemes with partnering countries to help protect themselves.
"One of them will be in the long run to the detriment of the United States and I think that is becoming increasingly popular and that is not to use dollars for your transactions. Second is an instrument that we are developing with the Europeans, we have already developed with our neighbors and we have developed them with the Chinese and that is not to engage in transfer of money across the borders which is where the United States would step in and will try to twist the arms of people who are engaged in it, illegally and unlawfully."
Zarif said the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was in contravention of international norms.
“In international relations, you consider a government [the] continuation of the previous government. Last I heard, there was no revolution in the United States,” he said.
According to Zarif, the US has been swayed by foreign interests.
"I believe the United States is not serving US interests. More than the United States, it is serving Israeli interests. And unfortunately, there are a couple of people in our region who have aligned themselves with Israeli interests," he said, listing the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed.
Zarif said those figures were dragging Trump into “disastrous situations.”
"So this is a cabal ... who are pushing the United States and President Trump into conflict and into disastrous situations and they will be the first to suffer the consequences, unfortunately."
Zarif has said previously that a group of hawkish figures comprising US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bin Salman, and bin Zayed are intent on pushing the US into a war with Iran. He has called those individuals – all of whom have the letter “b” in their names – the “B Team.”
Press TV also contributed to this story.