Jan 20, 2020, 11:08 AM
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Zarif to Majlis: I've made most statements to defend Iran's missile power

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said in Majlis on Monday that he has made the most statements to defend Iran's missile power.

Zarif made the remarks in a formal session of Majlis to answer question of a parliamentarian.

He told the parliamentarians that he has most decisively defended all the Islamic Republic's policies, though, in some cases, he had another idea.

Referring to defenses he made of the country's policies in India, Astana, and Doha, he said that he has the duty to defend the policies of the Islamic Republic.

Zarif said the enemy would have targeted all Iranian people, but when they saw the unity of the people, they felt weak after they saw presence of millions of people in Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani's funeral procession.

He said he has the news from reliable sources that the US has planing to bomb Fordow nuclear site, but they wonder what would happen afterwards. They decided that the people of Iran will be more united which will harm the US.

He said in response to former US Secretary of State John Kerry that said if the US wanted, they could have destroyed Fordow, Zarif had asked him then what? Kerry responded that’s what the US is afraid of.

As Imam Khomeini said the US is afraid of the people of Iran not our weapons,

Regarding money laundering, he said that Iran is clean of that and if some transactions are being carried by banks at higher costs may amount to money laundering, that’s due to US sanctions, not because Iran want to do so.

He touched the issue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, saying that Iran won and Europe lost. They backed down from their commitments to the JCPOA in favor of the US. That’s why the US is trying its best to make them withdraw from the deal. The US threatened to put a 25% tariff for European cars unless they pull out of the deal.

Answering a question about the riots of January 2018, he said that Iran did a lot to counter Europeans and Americans' inimical stances; the Foreign Ministry neutralized the US plot in the UN Security Council. The US had decided to take the issue to the UNSC and use its mechanisms against Iran.

He said that the session arranged by the US changed to a court session against them, adding that regime change has always been in the US mind in the past 40 years.

He added that one of the US officials had told him that there was no difference between the Bush administration and the one after it and that they didn’t want the Islamic Republic to be around. But Bush thought they could do it and its successors accepted that they couldn't.

He said that the Americans do not understand the realities well; they made a mistake in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. They are dull; they are not fast learners. They are not fast learners.


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