TEHRAN (Iran News) – Tehran Blasts Washington for Weaponizing Dollar. Foreign Minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the United States’ extraterrestrial sanctions proved to everyone, including Europeans, that it has weaponized dollar as a mass destruction weapon.
Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said that the dollar has been turned into a military weapon in the international financial and monetary system against all, victimizing all geographical regions and monetary systems.
That’s why financial and monetary systems in the world have decided to decouple themselves from the dollar system, he continued.
He also said that some countries have established independent inter-bank messaging systems from the existing ones.
The spokesman said that Iran was going to host the next ministerial meeting of Afghanistan neighbors on Wednesday next week. He said foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbors would join the one-day meeting in person.
The agenda would be the same as in the first meeting and foreign ministers of six countries would be focused on how to help form an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan and the future of peace and security in the country, he added.
On the talks to lift illegal U.S. sanctions against Iran, Khatibzadeh said that Iran’s definite decision was to continue talks, but it demanded the unconditional return of the US to the JCPOA and its commitments under the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and under the JCPOA itself.
He underlined that Iran’s main goal was to ensure that no one else in Washington could once again humiliate the whole world by exiting a signed agreement. The spokesman was referring to former U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision in 2018 to cease U.S. participation in the JCPOA.
He noted Tehran will soon finalize its internal deliberations on the resumption of the JCPOA revival talks.
Khatibzadeh said Deputy Foreign Minister Baqeri-Kani, who is likely to lead Iran’s new negotiating team in Vienna, will publicly discuss issues about the challenges and obstacles in the talks.
The spokesman reiterated that the U.S. must uphold its commitments as stipulated in the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the world powers in 2015, noting that no practical steps have been taken so far by Washington.
He said the Joe Biden administration is continuing the former administration’s “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran and that there has been “no change in its policies”.
In response to a question about Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian’s statement made on Sunday that the U.S. must take “serious steps” before the resumption of talks in Vienna, Khatibzadeh said the remarks are an “expression of logic” and do not imply any message to the Americans.
He called on the U.S. to “reconsider its policy” toward Iran and “show it in practice” by removing the draconian sanctions and returning to the deal as well as guaranteeing that the agreement won’t be breached again.
On the negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia on resumption of normal ties, the diplomat said that four rounds of talks have been held in Baghdad, but the negotiations haven’t reached a point that the details could be announced.
He also touched on the accusations made by Azerbaijan Republic officials against Iran, urging Azerbaijani leaders to let the conversations between officials be continued through diplomatic channels and avoid negative media statements.
The Spokesman also said that the relationship between Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic was natural, but stressed that Azerbaijani officials should be cautious not to be trapped by third parties.