U.S. Has Targeted Iran Interests in Region
U.S. Has Targeted Iran Interests in Region
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the U.S. has targeted Iran's interests in the region and taken measure to put pressure on Iran's regional friends.

U.S. Has Targeted Iran Interests in Region


TEHRAN – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the U.S. has targeted Iran’s interests in the region and taken measure to put pressure on Iran’s regional friends.

United States has targeted Iran’s interests in the region, Zarif said in his address to Majlis (Parliament) formal session this morning.

The U.S. anti-Iran measures aim to divide people from the government and undermine the Islamic system, the foreign minister added.

All those measures are concealed behind the “Maximum Pressure” policy the US follows, said Zarif stressing that they have been written on John Bolton’s book.

Zarif further stressed the need to be united and preserve national solidarity.

He called on the national bodies to contribute to the goal of bolstering peace and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, he stressed the importance of fostering better relations with neighbors.

Today, Iran enjoys the best level of relations with Turkey, Russia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan and some neighbors in southern part of the country, the foreign minister stated.

He referred to his visits to Russia and Turkey almost 20 times, and several other visits to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan as indication of Iran’s focus on its neighboring cooperation.

About the U.S. policies in the transition period, Zarif said the United States tries to prevent understanding and recognition of new powers taking shape in the global community.

Elsewhere, he talked about the Astana talks on Syria peace process and Iran’s positive role in the process of peace talks.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are the three guarantors of peace in Syria suffering from unrest and terrorist acts since March 2011.

At his remarks, Zarif spoke about ties with Beijing, stressing that there is no secret issue about Iran’s agreement with China.

Whenever the two countries reach any agreement, it will be made public, he added, highlighting transparency about process of drafting the agreement.

Iran’s re-joining Silk Road project is among the important issues of the 25-year agreement between Iran and China, he noted.

Zarif also underlined the need to keep economic pulse strong as the US through economic terrorism has been trying to exert pressure on Iran.

Further, he referred to Iran’s accession to Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) as an indication of the priority given to the issue of economy and also economic relations with neighbors.

He also stressed that he had made every effort to reduce the economic pressure and Iran is removing the U.S. dollar from its trade currencies.

Zarif added, “Removing the dollar from Iran’s trade in interaction with some countries will reduce the pressure of sanctions and we will pursue this issue by barter and have some success.”

In the other part of his speech, Zarif, referring to the U.S. efforts to maintain the previous conditions, said, The U.S. trying to securitize the world.”

Noting that the United States has also securitized Corona, the foreign minister added, “The United States treats China as if the Coronavirus is a security development. Although there are some theories that Corona is a security issue on both sides, the United States has its own reasons to securitize it.”