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Hundreds of Iranian Diplomats Condemn US for Embargos on Zarif

TEHRAN Hundreds of senior Iranian diplomats and officials in a statement deplored the US move to impose sanction against Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarir as an embargo on "diplomacy".

A joint statement by senior diplomats of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that the US government has placed the name of Zarif, the "influential" and "responsible" Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran in its "unilateral" and "cruel" sanctions list.

"Although this is not the first and last unwise step by US politicians against Iran, and "the state and the nation" of Iran know well how to respond to these "malignancies", but as professional diplomats, we want to attract the public's attention and Iran's elite, international public opinion, and our colleagues in the global diplomatic community to some points," it added.

The top diplomats said in the statement that "sanctioning Zarif" is a "big mistake" on the part of the US government, which indicates that the "Team B of Evil " that has taken American diplomacy and world politics hostage, despite a dramatic increase in the US foreign policy spending has failed to make the slightest gains in its plots, and has inevitably resorted to " abnormal behavior" that will not yield any result but more incredibility for the United States.

The statement emphasized that "sanctioning Zarif" is "sanction on diplomacy" and shows that the Team on its way to achieve its illegitimate goals has no respect for "diplomacy" as the most obvious "norm" accepted by the international community.

Zarif in Iran and in the world is recognized as the "rational voice "and" sonorous voice "of Iran's civilization-maker and peaceful nation" and "in charge" of foreign policy based on "negotiation"," understanding" and the "multilateralism" of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the attempt to silence this voice is evaluated nothing more than a "call to war", it added.

The statement went on to say that although the Iranian nation has thorough history proven to defend itself against an aggressive and warmonger enemy with a unique alliance, to help prevent the "evil" of Team B in imposing a war, whose consequences will be global, "we call on international organizations and personalities and our diplomatic partners around the world to respond to such unilateral US actions".

Sanction has been a "dangerous weapon" against the whole world and the expansion of the scope of sanction from "economic terrorism" to "political terrorism", the latest of which is exposed in the form of sanction against the Iranian Foreign Minister, shows that American diplomacy is fluctuating between the two options of "withdrawing from international agreements" and "unilateral sanctions" by abandoning "conventional diplomatic means", the statement of top Iranian diplomats reiterated.

The statement elsewhere underscored that turning sanctions into a major tool of American diplomacy is a dangerous "innovation" in international politics that could make countries fall victim to US "avarices" and "unilateralism" one after another. Confronting unilateral sanctions and American political and economic terrorism, therefore, is an inevitable necessity for the success of "diplomacy against war" and "multilateralism against unilateralism."

The statement by senior diplomats of the Islamic Republic stated that policy of sanction" will not solve the problems and challenges claimed by the US government and will backfire. The widespread expansion of sanctions against the Iranian nation shows that the Team B of Evil has left US diplomacy in a "stalemate" after leaving the JCPOA, which had to resort to "abnormal behaviors" to escape it.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly said it has no problem with the American nation, but to compensate for the mistakes and "hostile" and "arrogant" behaviors of the US government against the Iranian nation, Zarif, who is a professional diplomat has repeatedly stated the right path only goes thorough "interacting" and "respecting" the great Iranian nation and its "rights" and "legitimate interests", it added.

The statement underlined that the US government with these acts not only has targeted the honest servants of Iranian people, such as Mohammad Javad Zarif, but also the "Islamic Republic of Iran" and its remarkable achievements at two important areas of "independence" and "freedom", and a unique gem called the "Nation of Iran" that has historically raised the "identity" flag of Iranian civilization in this "rich soil".

Ali Akbar Salehi (Vice President and President of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, Former Foreign Minister), Ali Jannati (Former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Former Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait), Seyed Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour (Former Minister of the Interior, Former Iranian Ambassador to Syria ), Ahmad Azizi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs-, Former Chairman of the Parliament's Foreign Policy Commission, Former Iranian Ambassador to Canada), Seyyed Mohammad Sadr (Member of the Expediency Council, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs), Morteza Sarmadi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to the UK), Seyed Sadeq Kharrazi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to France), Amir Saeed Iravani (Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq), Hussein Sheikholeslam (Vice-President of the International Assembly for the Approximation of Islamic Religions, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to Syria), Alireza Moayyeri (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to France), Alaeddin Boroujerdi (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Parliament, Former Iranian Ambassador to India), Alireza Sheikh Attar (Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Iranian Ambassador to Germany) and about two hundreds of other diplomats and former and current Iranian ambassadors have signed the statement.

In separate statements on July 31, the US departments of State and Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions against Zarif because he acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Back on June 24, US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran, targeting Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and top commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

The European Union has regretted the US decision, stating that it intends to keep working with the Iranian foreign minister.

We regret this decision, and from our side, we will continue to work with Mr. Zarif as Iran's most senior diplomat, and in view of the importance of maintaining diplomatic channels", Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela, the spokesman of the European Commission for the international cooperation and development, said.

Moreover, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, slammed the US move to impose sanctions on Zarif, arguing that the measure will block the way for any dialogue.

Polyanskiy described sanctions as against diplomacy, stressing that Moscow is against any type of bans, as they do not help find a solution.

Source: Fars News Agency