US will become the prisoner of its own sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US will become the prisoner of its own sanctions if it does not alter is current policies.

ID: 48269 | Date: 2017/07/18
During a press conference held in New York with President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass on Monday, Zarif noted that Washington has to reassess its approach of issuing sanctions against other countries as they are a liability for the US.

Iran’s top diplomat went on to say that imposing sanctions on others countries usually does not yield a positive outcome.

Last month, US Senate voted for a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program, alleged support for terrorism, and human rights violations. 

Zarif also went on to criticize the US and its allies over their refusal to take part in a UN organized summit aimed at banning the use of nuclear weapons.

Earlier in the month, the United States, along with Britain and France, announced that they would never become party to a global treaty that was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Zarif went on to note that Iran would always remain dedicated to its vow over never producing nuclear weapons.

"We believe that nuclear weapons do not augment anybody's security. Our objection to nuclear weapons does not recognize friend or foe. We simply believe that nuclear weapons are unacceptable and -- in our view -- illegal because of their consequences,” he said.