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FM Zarif, UN Chief Guterres Discuss Regional, Int’l Developments

TEHRAN Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a meeting in New York, exchanged views on regional and international developments, particularly the US moves against Tehran and UK's conformity with Washington's measures against the Islamic Republic.

Zarif and Guterres discussed regional developments in the Middle East region, and the US' unilateral pressures against Iran.

The US imposed restrictions on the staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran' diplomatic Mission at the United Nations, tension in the region, and a reduction in Iran's commitments to the JCPOA were also discussed in the meeting.

The illegal seizure of the tanker carrying Iranian oil by the UK which is believed to be illustrative of London's conformity with Washington's harsh policies, regional issues, developments in Syria, humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and the situation in Afghanistan were among topics discussed between Zarif and the UN chief.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi, after participating in meetings in New York, Zarif will later leave the US for Venezuela, where he would attend the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

While in Caracas, Zarif will also hold bilateral talks with top Venezuelan officials.

The top Iranian diplomat will then travel to South America to hold bilateral meetings in Nicaragua and Bolivia, said Mousavi.

The trip to Latin American countries comes in the wake of the US administration's extensive pressure on Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Early in November, US National Security Adviser John Bolton just gave a modern-day Axis of Evil speech, this one focused on three countries in Latin America.

In a 30-minute address at Miami Dade College's Freedom Tower, Bolton said the Trump administration will take a hard line against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua by sanctioning the countries and cutting off diplomatic relations with them until they meet US demands.

In April, US President Donald Trump stepped up pressures against Havana with lawsuits directed at Cuba, Venezuela's main supporter.

From May 2, 2019 American citizens can seek damages against foreign companies that are using properties seized after the 1959 Revolution in Cuba.

The Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Bolivia, too.

Trump recently called on multilateral development banks and the IMF not to fund loans to Bolivia until it fully complies (in US eyes) with the international Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

Tehran has been for long a supporter of democratic countries of the Latin America in the face of Washington's meddling policies and coup conspiracies.

Source: Fars News Agency