U.S. officials have become ‘pawns in a very dangerous Israeli game’, Zarif says 

April 24, 2019

The Iranian foreign minister has described the Trump administration’s officials as “pawns in Netanyahu’s game”, warning them against the consequences of the “extremely dangerous” Israeli game they are playing.

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks upon arrival in New York on Tuesday, where was to attend a UN General Assembly meeting on multilateralism and peace, according to Press TV.

“With the U.S., with the standing of the U.S. in the world, it seems that President Trump and the current people in the White House concern and consider more importantly the interests of Israel than those of the U.S.,” Zarif told reporters.

“[They] have become in fact pawns in a very dangerous Israeli game, in fact Netanyahu’s game in our region. And this is extremely unfortunate and extremely dangerous,” he warned.

Zarif described the U.S. as the “source of instability in this region”, saying that it has been cooperating with and supporting other sources of instability in this region, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which, according to the Iranian top diplomat, are countries that have “violated every principle of international humanitarian law.”

“They [the Americans] need to reassess their policies and return to a normal behavior in the international scene. The U.S. is currently an outlaw state that has violated almost any agreement that it had agreed,” Zarif went on to say.

“The U.S. has not shown that it’s a credible negotiating partner; it has shown its contempt for international law and its own agreements and decisions in the past.”

SP/PA

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