US Isolated in World, Unable to Form Military Alliance: Iran’s Zarif
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the US isolation in the international stage and said the Washington government has become all alone and cannot even form a military alliance.
“…the US is all alone in the world today,” Zarif told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
“The US cannot form a coalition in areas that it claims to be a superpower such as the military area,” the Iranian top diplomat added.
“Other countries are embarrassed to have their names on a list next to the US,” he said, adding that wherever the Americans deployed their forces, they failed, like in Afghanistan.
Now, 18 years after they invaded Afghanistan, they have been forced to negotiate with the Taliban with humiliation.
“The era of (the US being) a superpower and bullying is over,” Zarif said, adding that the remarks do not mean that the Islamic Republic has any conflict with the people of the US.
His remakrs came after reports in recent days that the US has found it difficult to build a maritime coalition in the Persian Gulf, receiving a lukewarm response from European and Asian allies.
Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds has said his country was carefully weighing up the United States’ request to join the coalition.
On Friday, Japan said it would not join the mission, adding that it may send its warships independently to protect Japanese ships in the world’s most important oil artery, according to the Mainichi newspaper.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also said recently that his country would not participate in the naval mission.