Aug 1, 2019, 9:23 PM
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Rouhani: White House afraid of Zarif's diplomatic competence

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in reaction to the sanctions recently imposed against his foreign minister said that sanctions against his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif indicate the White House is afraid of his diplomatic capabilities.

"FM @JZarif designation indicates that White House is frightened by his diplomatic capabilities," Rouhani wrote on his Twitter account.

He added: "If they're serious abt negotiations, who other than the FM can be their interlocutor?"

"Zarif heads Islamic Republic's diplomacy & ably talks & negotiates on behalf of the entire nation," Rouhani noted.

The US government announced Wednesday it was freezing Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by the US entities.

Trump last year pulled out of a 2015 deal struck by his predecessor Barack Obama, EU powers, China and Russia aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

In reaction to the sanctions, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday after being sanctioned by the US that "dialog and peace" are "existential threats" to the B-team and the Americans never need a permission from the US Treasury to "engage" with him.

Zarif had earlier said that the B-Team consists of US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Saudi and the Emirati crown princes, respectively, Mohammad bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed.


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