TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the US administration’s “dangerous and impulsive” policies, saying Washington should readjust to the Middle East realities and stop opposing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“We have problems with the policies that are coming from Washington, and I believe those policies are extremely dangerous, impulsive, and not grounded in reality,” Zarif said in an address to the Rome MED-Mediterranean Dialogues on Thursday evening.
“Generally, a revision, or a reorientation, or a cognitive adjustment to our region is highly necessary in Washington,” he added.
Pointing to the JCPOA, Zarif reiterated that the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) is not renegotiable, saying, “The deal is a balance. It's not what we want. It's not what the US wants or what Europe wants. It's what we could achieve. That's the beauty of it.”
“There are others who think they can come in and negotiate something far better…. We’re talking about open arm-twisting by the US,” Zarif deplored. “I can assure you it’s the best deal we could have reached or will be able to reach.”
“The nuclear deal was focused on a specific deal. Now people are telling us that in order to have the benefits of the deal, we have to make concessions on other questions,” AFP quoted Zarif as saying. “It sends a signal to others that this deal-making is not reliable.”
Zarif asserted that, despite the deal’s sanction relief, the US has been trying to prevent European companies from reengaging in business with Iran.
“In spite of the arm-twisting, more and more European companies have been coming in,” he said.
Zarif went on to say that one of the main results of Trump’s adamant opposition to the JCPOA had been the consolidation of support for it in Iran.
“The United States’ pressure has in fact created more solidarity inside Iran. I am being attacked much less in Iran today than I was before Trump was elected. So I thank him for that,” Zarif said.
Asked about voices of concerns about Iran’s missile capabilities, Zarif said, “Iran has missiles, but are we the only one in the region to have missiles? We have the missile that we build, because nobody else gives them to us. But Saudi Arabia has missile that it receives from China, with the range of 2,500 kilometers; ours as the range of 2,000 kilometers.”
“And in addition to that, they (Saudis) spent 86 billion dollars last year by what President Trump called beautiful military equipment,” he added.
“If you want to look at the source of instability in the region, you need to look at the cognitive disorder in our region that people believe that they can buy security from outside rather than engaging their neighbors.”