World has had enough of America’s unilateralism: Qassemi

February 22, 2019

TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has said the international community has grown sick and tired of America’s unilateralism, and that world nations such as China and Russia as well as Washington’s European allies have chosen to stand up to the Donald Trump administration. 

“The fact that China, Russia and Europe are standing up to the U.S., at least on the political stage, is a step forward and heralds a change in global conditions compared to the past,” Press TV quoted Qassemi as saying on Thursday, citing China’s Global Times.

He decried Washington’s hostile sanctions policy against the Iranian nation, emphasizing that such pressure will fail to affect the country’s independent decision-making process.

According to Qassemi, Iran “bases its decisions on the principles of independence and national interests. Tehran’s policies do not rely on the viewpoints of world powers.”

The spokesman also condemned the U.S. government’s destructive policies in the Middle East, saying Washington’s wrong decisions in the region leave the Iranian nation with no choice but resistance.

The official described Washington as the initiator of a fresh wave of tensions with Tehran, saying such problems are “rooted in the unfair sanctions that the U.S. re-imposed on Iran...after leaving the JCPOA and violating [UN Security Council] Resolution 2231.”

Qassemi further played down the long-term impacts of the American sanctions, saying, “Our people have already experienced such conditions and they remain highly sensitive to their independence. We are capable of overcoming the sanctions and moving on from this crisis.”

On U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer of talks with Iran, Qassemi said America is not after serious negotiations. He suggested that Washington must first rebuild the “lost trust” if it really seeks dialog with the Islamic Republic.

MH/PA

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