Iran Dismisses US Notion of Diplomacy

Iran Dismisses US Notion of Diplomacy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – For the US government, diplomacy is nothing more than sanction and economic war against Iran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

In a statement on Saturday, Abbas Mousavi reacted to the recent fuss made by the US officials, especially by the US National Security Council’s spokesperson who called on Iran to meet diplomacy with diplomacy.

"Iran responds to diplomacy with diplomacy and to pressure with resistance," Mousavi underlined.

However, he added, it appears that in the lexicon of the American authorities, diplomacy means sanctions and economic terrorism.

"Thus far we have not seen anything other than illegal sanctions and economic war and terrorism from the US government to respond," the Iranian diplomat added.

In a message on his Twitter account a few days ago, Mousavi had denounced the US decision to impose new sanctions on senior Iranian political and military officials, saying, “Imposing useless sanctions on (the office of) Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy.”

“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” he deplored.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against top Iranian officials, including the office of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s foreign minister, and senior IRGC Aerospace Force and Navy commanders.

The US had already blacklisted the entire IRGC, whose Aerospace Force units shot down an American drone that intruded into the airspace of Iran on June 20.

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