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Zarif reminds US of crimes in region

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a video clip reminded US of its crimes in the region.

'The US is better off addressing the catastrophes and crises it has engineered in our region,' Zarif said in a video message released on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

'The US administration appears to believe that imposing illegal, draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its riddle no matter how absurd unlawful or fundamentally flawed its demands are we have better difficult times in the face of 40 years of American hostility relying solely on our resources,' he said.

'Today we and our partners across the globe will ensure that our people are least affected by this indiscriminate assault in the economic warfare that directly targets the Iranian people notwithstanding hypocritical claims by Trump administration to the contrary but rather than relying on its discredited addiction to unilateralism and sanctions as tools of straight craft which are today pushing its further into global isolation,' he added.

'Where to begin in 1953 or in Afghanistan where the US created al-Qaeda to fight the Soviet or Iraq where it supported Saddam Hussein, including his use of chemical weapons against Iran, or the later invasion of Iraq to supposedly rid Saddam of those very weapons of mass destruction or is it that the long-standing and unconditional support for two clients Saudi Arabia and Israel blinds the US to their appalling atrocities that have resulted in global indignation and engendered insecurity to us all the US itself included,' Zarif noted.

'Taking a long hard look at its own wrong choices and changing its approach from a failed one it has stubbornly followed for decades instead of prescribing behavioral changes for Iran will be far more effective in bringing about resolution to conflict in crises that have bedeviled the Middle East for far too long.'

'President Trump's predecessors also began crafting their Iran policy with similar bravado, but came around to accepting and respecting the reality of Iran as they became more experienced in office.'

After Washington's May 8 exit from the historic Iran Deal, the US gave 90- and 180-day wind-down periods to other countries before it starts re-imposing oil sanctions on Tehran on November 4.

Part of the US' illegitimate sanctions were imposed on Iran on August 9.

On Monday, Trump reinstated the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and imposed as he claimed the highest level of economic bans on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

This is while other signatories of Iran Deal condemned US measure to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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