Wednesday 13 February 2019 - 06:20

Pressure tactics against Iran lead to undesirable outcomes for US: FM Zarif

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses a meeting in Tehran on February 12, 2019 about four decades of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses a meeting in Tehran on February 12, 2019 about four decades of the Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign policy. (Photo by IRNA)

“It is necessary for all those friends who are pursuing Iran’s foreign policy to realize that we owe everything to these people. Our attitude towards security is based on domestic development and progress, and the more they exert pressure on us, the more we will rely on the nation,” Zarif said in an address to a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday about Iran's 40-year foreign policy.

He added that putting more pressure on Iran would merely make the nation more steadfast and united against foreign threats.

“We not only need no foreign support for [our] security, but our progress and development stem from within the country despite foreign pressure,” the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.

He said the Islamic Republic poses no threat to any country and welcomes efforts to develop international relations, emphasizing that Iran does not seek to engage in any war with any state but will strongly defend itself against all threats.

Zarif further criticized US National Security Adviser John Bolton's remarks in a meeting with the notorious anti-Iran Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group in Paris in July 2017, when he bragged that US policies will lead to the 1979 Islamic Revolution's demise months before "its 40th birthday."

The top Iranian diplomat said, “This nation constitutes the basis of the Revolution and our power base,” adding that the nation's support for the establishment is an "endogenous" base for the country's security.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zarif minced no words while listing the United States’ failures over the past 40 years after US President Donald Trump shares his perception of Iran’s performance during the same period.

“40 Years of Failure to accept that Iranians will never return to submission. 40 Years of Failure to adjust US policy to reality. 40 Years of Failure to destabilize Iran through blood & treasure,” Zarif tweeted.

'Bolton suffering from chronic delusional disorder'
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also denounced Bolton’s anti-Iran tweetstorm, which came on the same day as Iranians were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with nationwide mass rallies.

Bolton, the Iranian official said, is suffering from a “chronic delusional disorder” on Iran and the Iranian people.

Instead of making revisions to his false deductions, Bolton has been trying to find a way out of the consequences of his failed predictions, Qassemi added.

Bolton realized that his bad dreams have all gone down the drain when he witnessed the mass rallies across Iran, he added.

Qassemi further called on the hawkish US official to set aside old grudges against Iranians and stop making more such “wrong remarks” after seeing the mass participation of people in Monday’s demonstrations.

In a Twitter post, Bolton claimed that the Islamic Republic has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of Iranians after 40 years.

In another post, the US national security official also claimed that his country would support the will of the Iranian people and stand behind them to ensure that their voices are heard.