Sanctions on Iran's Zarif childish move
Friday, 02 August 2019
Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari blasted the US sanction on Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and said that Washington’s move was very childish and cheap.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari blasted the US sanction on Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and said that Washington’s move was very childish and cheap.
Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people in Tehran on Friday, Hojjatoleslam Haj Ali Akbari said, “The US act in sanctioning Zarif was a cheap, childish and ridiculous measure.”
He noted that the US resort to such a move indicates the collapse of the United States' diplomatic apparatus and governing system, and said, “Zarif and the Iranian Foreign Ministry take pride in being sanctioned by the US.”
The US Department of Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions against Zarif.
Zarif, who has been Iran’s foreign minister since 2013, was the chief negotiator in the multinational nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The Trump administration said last month it was planning to impose sanctions against Iranian top diplomat.
In reaction to the decision, Zarif played down the US sanctions against him, expressing pleasure that he is considered as a "huge threat" to Washington's plots.
"The US' reason for designating me is that I am Iran's primary spokesperson around the world," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account early Thursday.
"It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran," he added, asking the US whether the truth is really painful.
"Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda," Zarif reiterated.
"We know that calling for dialog and peace is an existential threat to B-Team. And since reason for designating me is my words, would US persons need OFAC license to engage with me by reading my writings or listening to interviews?" he wrote two hours later.
Zarif had earlier told the New York Times that "everyone who knows me knows that I, or my family, do not own any property outside Iran. I personally do not even have a bank account outside Iran. Iran is my entire life and my sole commitment. So I have no personal problem with possible sanctions".
"The only impact--and possibly the sole objective--of a possible designation would be to limit my ability to communicate. And I doubt that would serve anyone. Certainly, it would limit the possibility of informed decision making in Washington," he added.