Iran: Brian Hook enters ‘childish show’

Tehran won’t reject neighbors’ positive gesture: Qassemi

December 3, 2018 - 20:13

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that Iran seeks a stable Middle East region and will not give negative response to any positive gesture by any neighboring country.

“Given Iran’s view and policy towards the regional and neighboring countries, any country that is interested in improving ties with Iran will face Iran’s positive response,” he told a regular press briefing when asked whether Iran would welcome any moves by Riyadh to restore ties with Iran.

“Iran seeks a stable region and a strong and peaceful relations with regional governments and nations and will not reject any positive response,” he added.

However, he said Tehran sees no gesture by Saudi Arabia to mend its ties with Iran.

“We do not see such readiness in the Saudi Arabian government and we think that they are still living with illusions in the past and are dealing with problems they themselves have caused,” Qassemi explained.

‘Childish show’

Qassemi also said that U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook entered “childish” show and made claims that are worthless to respond.

Hook unveiled on Thursday pieces of missiles, rockets, drones and other weaponry at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C., claiming that Iran is involved in supplying Yemen and Afghanistan with weaponry.

He said that military option against Iran could be possible.

Qassemi said that the military option against Iran is an “out of date” issue which has been repeated in the past years.

“Those who have worked on issues in Iran and the region are well aware of the reality in Iran and the country’s capabilities. I advise them to consult with more experienced people in political and military areas and then make comments,” he added.

‘We hope financial mechanisms would be implemented soon’

Qassemi also said that Iran hopes the financial mechanisms by the European Union to save the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, would be implemented soon.

“Given their commitments, we expect the related sides work seriously and firmly to complete these mechanisms,” he said.

The Wall Street Journal published a report on November 26 according to which France and Germany will likely host the Special Vehicle Purpose (SPV), a special payment channel created by Europe as part of its efforts to keep trade flowing with Iran in defiance of U.S. sanctions.

The report said the governments participating in the payment channel will directly manage the company (mechanism) in order to prevent the U.S. from putting direct sanctions on it.


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