Zarif: U.S. should drag the world into chaos if it tries to prevent Iran’s oil export

December 29, 2018

TEHRAN – Iran’s foreign minister says the U.S. would have to resort to policies that would drag the world into a chaotic state if it tried to actually shut down Iran’s oil exports.

In an interview with the Hong Kong-based television broadcaster Phoenix TV which was aired on Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States cannot simply stop Iran from selling its oil.

Zarif said that Iran would never hold talks with the U.S. in desperation. He said it was the U.S. which walked away from the nuclear deal, not Iran, and so it is the U.S. which needs to come back.

Zarif voiced doubt that reaching a nuclear deal with the U.S. would be possible if negotiations were to be held now instead of in 2015. He added that even in case of an agreement, the deal would still be similar to the one reached between Iran and the P5+1 three years ago.

Zarif says Iran would never hold talks with the U.S. in desperation.About U.S. decision to withdraw troops from Syria, Zarif said that Iran does not know yet what the Americans’ agenda is with this move, but “what matters to us is that the U.S. policy in the region is dangerous and must be changed.”

About Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s CFO, Zarif said the arrest would have a negative impact on the world before it could actually affect Iran, because Canada has arrested someone that has done nothing illegal.

He said the arrest also raises questions about some trade rivalry going on behind the scene.

Zarif called on other parties to the Iran nuclear deal to take a serious stance against U.S. moves, not for the sake of Iran but for the future of their own and the international relations.

The Iranian foreign minister calls on other parties to the nuclear deal to take a serious stance against U.S. moves, not for the sake of Iran but for the future of their own and the international relations.The Iranian diplomat maintained that while Europe has promised Iran to be working on the finalization of a trade mechanism with Iran to bypass U.S. sanctions, Tehran is not holding its breath until the EU delivers on its promises. Zarif stressed that Iran’s main trade partners are China, Russia and its neighboring countries.

He further reassured China that Iran’s interests in the East Asian country are “strategic”, not tactical and temporary.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zarif said the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf is illegal and would add to tensions.

He said the dispatch of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf would create tensions, adding that increased presence of Americans in the Persian Gulf has always posed threats to the regional states.

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