October 7, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States is addicted to imposing sanctions but Iran is immune to such attacks.
The comments were made in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats to pull out of the historic nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) more than two years ago
“The United States has had a policy of imposing sanctions on Iran for the past 40 years. Basically, they have immunized us to US sanctions,” Zarif said in an interview with Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera released on Saturday.
“But from a global perspective, it seems that the United States is addicted to sanctions,” he added in response to a question about speculations on a possible decision by Trump and the US Congress to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
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“They believe that sanctions do work. In fact, I think they [American officials] should have learnt by now that sanctions don’t work,” he pointed out.
As part of the agreement, Iran put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal sanctions.
“The nuclear deal is the result of 10 years of posturing and two years of negotiations. Unfortunately, this administration is going back to posturing,” Zarif also said.
“I think it is an ill-informed statement, because certainly, any deal would not be a perfect deal for all sides; it has to be less than perfect so all sides can live with it,” he added in reference to Trump’s claims that the nuclear deal in not a good one for the United States.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.