Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Iran: Trump administration a ‘real threat’ to Middle East

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Iran’s foreign minister has urged the US to “start acting like a normal state.” Tensions have risen between the two nations after President Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in May and renewed sanctions on Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday the US government was a threat to Middle East and to the global peace.

“It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: that threat is the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along with rogue accomplices in our region,” Zarif tweeted, in English. “The U.S. must start acting like a normal state.”

Tensions have escalated between Tehran and Washington since May, when US President Donald Trump abandoned the multilateral Iran nuclear agreement and announced a renewal of US sanctions on the Islamic republic, ignoring pleas from the other parties involved in the negotiations, including Germany, the UK and France.

“It’s not ‘normal’ to break international agreements and commitments against the advice of even your closest allies,” Zarif wrote.

Not a ‘personal agreement’

The foreign ministry’s response came a day after Iran hit back at a US offer of negotiations, saying Washington had violated the terms of the last big deal they agreed — the 2015 nuclear deal.

The US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, said on Wednesday that Washington was seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behavior.

The new deal “will not be a personal agreement between two governments like the last one, we seek a treaty,” Hook told an audience at the Hudson Institute think tank.

Zarif hit back on Twitter, saying the 2015 deal was not a “personal agreement” but “an international accord enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution.”

“US has violated its treaty obligations too… Apparently, US only mocks calls for peace,” he wrote in the tweet that was attached to a video of a protester who took to the stage after Hook’s speech, shouting that sanctions were hurting Iranian people.

The five other world powers that signed the 2015 deal with the Islamic republic — France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia — have been trying to save the deal. But so far, none of them have managed to convince Trump.

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