FM Zarif says Trump, allies isolated over anti-Iran policies

FM Zarif says Trump, allies isolated over anti-Iran policies

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump and his allies in the Middle East have become isolated by their policies against Iran.

"Today, all speak about the isolation of Trump, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad] Bin Salman. These three persons are the symbol of suppression, violence and mistrust in the world," Zarif said on Monday.

He added that all countries across the world have announced that they would not follow US policies against Iran, reiterating, "The fact is that in today's world, it is the US that has become isolated."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif pointed to Washington's withdrawal from the historic nuclear accord and said, "Who will believe that Trump wants to negotiate with Iran?"

He said the purpose and subject of the negotiations must be clear, adding, "Negotiations must be worthwhile."

The top Iranian diplomat noted that nearly 60 percent of the American people believed that Washington should not have withdrawn from the JCPOA while more than 180 countries expressed their support for the deal.

Washington seeks to create the atmosphere through propaganda that it is willing to negotiate with Tehran but the Iranian people do not accept this, Zarif said.

"Iran & US had 2 yrs of talks. With EU/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord—the JCPOA. It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table. Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for int'l commitments," said Zarif in a post on his official Twitter account.


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