Era of Employing Force Is Gone: Iran’s FM
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the era of using force to achieve foreign policy goals in the world is over.
Speaking in a session of Iran-Austria Friendship Association’s think tank, Zarif said employing force as a means to advance foreign policy objectives no longer works in today’s changing world.
He said if a country talks about all options being on the table and tries to exploit it as a foreign policy tool, that country is actually living in a distant past.
His remarks came as US officials continue to repeat their rhetoric of threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Senior US administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have insisted that the military option against Tehran is still on the table.
In an interview on January 23, Kerry said that if Iran resumes uranium enrichment beyond the five-percent level, “then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do.”
Zarif further pointed to the sanctions imposed against Iran, and said the sanctions have had no use for those who imposed them and the rest of the world.
The West has imposed sanctions on Iran accusing the country of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.