Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Legacy of Targeting Civilians Alive since Hiroshima: Zarif

US Legacy of Targeting Civilians Alive since Hiroshima: Zarif

Rouhani later spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron and voiced support for further cooperation between Iran and Europe, according to the government s official website.

Longtime US-Iran strains have worsened since U.S. President Donald Trump previous year quit a 2015 global agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

Rouhani, speaking after meeting with his top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said Iran was ready for talks regardless of whether or not the United States was party to the deal.

Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran was ready for the worst in an uphill struggle to salvage the nuclear deal, but that Tehran would eventually prevail. Zarif posted on Twitter on Monday that he believed the United States was not interested in talks with Tehran and instead wanted Iran's submission.

"This time, [the USA is targeting civilians] with Economic Terrorism, violating a historic nuclear deal & punishing those who seek to adhere to it", Zarif added.

But "unfortunately, simultaneous with Iran and France s attempts to reduce tensions and create favourable conditions for peaceful coexistence in the region, we witness escalatory moves from the US", Rouhani told Macron. Rouhani, however, declined to attend or send a representative, which naturally would have been Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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The president said the downing of the United States drone and the seizure of the United Kingdom tanker were the outcome of Washington and London's own hostile policies against Iran.

On Monday, Mr. Zarif said in a news conference that the reason for his boycott was the refusal of USA officials to negotiate with the president's office. They thought Iran's system is weakened, ' he said.

By imposing the boycott on him, Washington has closed the door to diplomacy, he said, noting, "Sanctioning a foreign minister means failure in talks". "They said, One more push".

"Security for Security, peace for peace, a strait for a strait and oil for oil", Rouhani emphasized. The situation became especially heated when Iran seized UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 over what it described as a breach of global maritime regulations.The move came two weeks after Iran's own Grace 1 oil tanker had been seized by United Kingdom marines over an alleged breach of the European Union's sanctions against Syria.

Separately on Tuesday, Iran s military unveiled three precision-guided missiles, with Defence Minister Amir Hatami saying they showed the country was ready to defend itself in the face of U.S. "viciousness and conspiracies".

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