Friday, 23 April 2021

US imposes sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

AFP

WASHINGTON: Mohammad Javad Zarif, with a senior official saying that Washington would not consider him a primary point of contact if it were to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ridiculed the United States for its “childish” sanctions on the country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif following its proposal of unconditional talks.

“They (Americans) are resorting to childish behaviour… Maybe there’s no better way to describe (the sanctions) but childish. They were claiming every day ‘We want to talk, with no preconditions’ …and then they sanction the foreign minister. This means that they have lost the power of rational thought”.

Rouhani suggested that the move showed Washington was “afraid” of the top Iranian diplomat,

“They are afraid of our foreign minister’s interviews. It is completely clear that the foundations of the White House have been shaken by the words and logic of an informed, devoted and diplomatic individual”, the president said in a televised speech, alluding to a series of interviews Zarif gave to foreign media outlets.

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