TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani highlighted contradictory policies of the US and said that Washington on the one hand sends mediators to negotiate with Tehran and on the other hand imposes sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“The United States has been plagued by stupid contradictions out of delusions,” Larijani said, addressing an open session of the parliament on Saturday.
“On the one hand, the Americans say they are ready to negotiate and send mediators, on the other hand, they sanction our foreign minister,” he said.
On July 31, the US Department of State said Washington has designated Zarif for acting on behalf of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. The US president had issued an executive order on June 24, imposing sanctions on the Leader and his office and authorizing sanctions on others associated with Ayatollah Khamenei.
Elsewhere in his comments, Larijani pointed to the recent release of an Iranian supertanker seized by British marine forces in Gibraltar last month and said the incident showed Iran’s power and resistance.
The UK officials realized that the Islamic Republic’s situation today is not such that they can bully it like in the past as they recently were forced to retreat from their stance on “the piracy”, the parliament speaker added.
The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday released the Iranian vessel, Grace 1 (now known as Adrian Darya), defying a US request hours earlier to seize the ship. They also released the ship’s crew from detention.
On July 4, the British Royal Marines seized the giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar for trying to take oil to Syria allegedly in violation of EU sanctions.
Tehran maintained that the supertanker was not bound for Syria and its seizure has taken place at the behest of the US.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry had summoned the British envoy to Tehran several times in protest at the UK navy’s move.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned London that it will definitely pay the price for the illegal seizure of Grace 1 in international waters.