Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reminded the West that the destructive moves made by John Bolton and Benjamin Netanyahu killed the nuclear agreement of 2005 which finally ended in Tehran’s 100-fold increase in its enrichment capacity in 2012, warning Washington that falling again for anti-Iran figures will lead to further losses.
Zarif, in a tweet on Tuesday, referred to the Paris agreement sealed in 2005 between Iran, the UK, France, and Germany, and reminded that pressures by then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Israeli Leader Benjamin Netanyahu terminated that agreement.
Then in 2005 the Europeans were pressed by Tel Aviv and Washington to call for zero uranium enrichment by Iran.
Zarif highlighted that the tenacious call for stripping Iran’s right of enrichment led to Tehran’s 100-fold increase in its enrichment capacity in 2012.
The Iranian foreign minister added that the same kind of lobbying is going on now as anti-Iran figures have managed to “lure” US President Donald Trump into killing the nuclear deal, pining hope on “the same delusion”.
“B-Team has not learnt,” Zarif reiterated, underling that the events must be a lesson for the world not to try to get results with Iran through the pressure strategy.
The hawkish group referred to as the “B-team” by Iran’s foreign minister is comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Back in May, Zarif had blasted Trump for his threats against Iran, stressing ineffectiveness of Washington’s attempts to defeat the country.
Zarif in furious response reacted to Trump’s threat on twitter that a fight with the US would be the “official end of Iran” if Iran wants to fight, replying in a tweet that the US president is “goaded by B-Team”.
He added that Trump “hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis and other aggressors failed to do (against Iran)”, adding that Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors (have) all gone.
Zarif underlined that “economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t end Iran”, saying, “Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect — it works!”
As the US administration seeks to intimidate Tehran into talks, Iranians have remained adamant, stressing that no war is in the offing although the country’s military forces are fully ready to provide a crushing response in defense if they ever come under strike.