Iran’s senior diplomats deplore US move against Zarif as sanction of diplomacy
Tehran, A group of senior Iranian diplomats in a statement described the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's sanction as sanction of diplomacy and indicated that Team B on its way to achieve its illegitimate goals has no respect for diplomacy as the most obvious norm accepted by the international community.
A joint statement by senior diplomats of the Islamic Republic of Iran stated that the US government has placed the name of Mohammad Javad Zarif, the efficient and responsible Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its unilateral and cruel sanctions list. Although this is not the first and last unwise step by US politicians against Iran, and the state and the nation of Iran know well how to respond to these malignancies , but as professional diplomats, we want to attract the public's attention and Iran's elite, international public opinion, and our colleagues in the global diplomatic community to some points.
The top diplomats said in the statement that Zarif's sanction is a big mistake on the part of the US government, which indicates that the Team B of Evil that has taken American diplomacy and world politics hostage, despite a dramatic increase in the US foreign policy spending has failed to make the slightest gains in its cases, and has inevitably restored to abnormal behavior that will not yield any result but more incredibility for the United States.
The statement emphasized that sanction of Zarif is sanction of diplomacy and shows that the Team on its way to achieve its illegitimate goals has no respect for diplomacy as the most obvious norm accepted by the international community.
Zarif in Iran and in the world is recognized as the rational voice and sonorous voice of Iran's civilizationmaker and peaceful nation and in charge of foreign policy based on negotiation, understanding and the multilateralism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the attempt to silence this voice is evaluated nothing more than a call to war.
The statement went on to say that although the Iranian nation has thorough history proven to defend itself against an aggressive and warmonger enemy with a unique alliance, to help prevent the evil of Team B in imposing a war, whose consequences will be global, we call on international organizations and personalities and our diplomatic partners around the world to respond to such unilateral US actions.
Sanction has been a dangerous weapon against the whole world and the expansion of the scope of sanction from economic terrorism to political terrorism, the latest of which is exposed in the form of sanction against the Iranian Foreign Minister, shows that American diplomacy is fluctuating between the two options of withdrawing from international agreements and unilateral sanctions by abandoning conventional diplomatic means, the statement of top Iranian diplomats reiterated.
The statement elsewhere underscored that turning sanctions into a major tool of American diplomacy is a dangerous innovation in international politics that could make countries fall victim to US avarices and unilateralism one after another. Confronting unilateral sanctions and American political and economic terrorism, therefore, is an inevitable necessity for the success of diplomacy against war and multilateralism against unilateralism.
The statement by senior diplomats of the Islamic Republic stated that policy of sanction will not solve the problems and challenges claimed by the US government and will backfire. The widespread expansion of sanctions against the Iranian nation shows that the Team B of Evil has left US diplomacy in a stalemate after leaving the JCPOA, which had to resort to abnormal behaviors to escape it.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly said it has no problem with the American nation, but to compensate for the mistakes and hostile and arrogant behaviors of the US government against the Iranian nation, Zarif, who is a professional diplomat has repeatedly stated the right path only goes thorough interacting and respecting the great Iranian nation and its rights and legitimate interests.
The statement underlined that the US government with these acts not only has targeted the honest servants of Iranian people, such as Mohammad Javad Zarif, but also the Islamic Republic of Iran and its remarkable achievements at two important areas of independence and freedom, and a unique gem called the Nation of Iran that has historically raised the identity flag of Iranian civilization in this rich soil.
Ali Akbar Salehi (Vice President and President of the Atomic Energy Agency, Former Foreign Minister), Ali Jannati (Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Former Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait), Seyyed Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour (Former Minister of the Interior, Former Iranian Ambassador to Syria ), Ahmad Azizi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Chairman of the Parliament's Foreign Policy Commission, Former Iranian Ambassador to Canada), Seyyed Mohammad Sadr (Member of the Expediency Council, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs), Morteza Sarmadi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to the UK), Seyyed Sadeq Kharrazi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to France), Amir Saeed Iravani (Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq), Hussein Sheikholeslam (VicePresident of the International Assembly for the Approximation of Islamic Religions, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to Syria), Alireza Moayyeri (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to France), Alaeddin Boroujerdi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Parliament, Former Iranian Ambassador to India), Alireza Sheikh Attar (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to Germany) and about two hundred other diplomats and former and current Iranian ambassadors have signed the above statement.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA