No One Buys Anti-Iran Propaganda Anymore, Zarif Says
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif downplayed repetitive anti-Iran remarks by Western officials, saying that they had better make a change in their policies.
“The shaky foundation of the dangerous and invalid project of Iranophobia has collapsed,” Zarif said in a statement released in reaction to a recent address by US President Barack Obama, where he had once again repeated his anti-Iran remarks.
“Efforts to breathe new life into it (the Iranophobia project) would find no buyer in the world and the region, and would just help the sellers of lethal weapons gain huge profits,” the Iranian minister added.
He further urged US officials to abandon their "dangerous and harmful habit” of using war rhetoric, saying that the approach belongs to “past centuries”.
“We once again remind the US officials that for nearly a century, the civilized world has abandoned the option of using force and threats as a foreign policy tool, and considers it not only inhumane and illegal, but also inefficient,” Zarif stressed.
Iran’s top diplomat also called on the US government to seize the “historic opportunity” created for regaining the Iranian nation's trust, which has been destroyed due to decades of wrong and hostile policies by Washington.
In a Wednesday address to American University, Obama said the deal with Iran on its nuclear program does not resolve all US problems with the Islamic Republic.
He further warned Iran against repercussions of violating the deal, saying, "If Iran cheats, we can catch them and we will."
Obama also once again repeated the “military option being on the table” rhetoric.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14 successfully concluded their nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, and finalized the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).