Less than a month after the #US sanctions against @JZarif , he not only went to #Qatar and #Kuwait but followed it up with trips to #Europe and will go to Southeast Asia next week.
My new piece for @AlMonitor
#Iran has officially warned the #US government through the Swiss in Tehran, against any attempt to seize Iranian tanker (formerly Grace ۱), said Iran’s Foreign Ministry spox Mousavi , adding that any «wrong move» will face «bad consequences».
Israelis playing with fire if join #US coalition in #PersianGulf
The Zionist regime’s recent interest in joining the United States self-proclaimed maritime coalition is expected to stir up tensions in the Persian Gulf region.
Iran oilmin #Zangeneh :
#Iran is the biggest guarantor of energy stability and security in the region while the #US is the biggest de-stabilizing force in the world.
We have always said that oil is not a weapon but where energy security is at stake, we will be affected.
#Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Swiss ambassador to Tehran, as representing US interests in the country, to announce Tehran's protest over the «assault» of a #US drone to Iranian airspace, saying that «US government is responsible for consequences of such provocative acts».
#Iran's leader says Iran is not after a conflict with #US. When people started to chant slogan of «neither compromise, nor surrender, but battle against the US», the leader reacted by saying, «pay attention! Now, we don't discuss battle. The issue is resistance.»
#Iran's leader: The countermeasure for us [against #US pressure] is to use our own means of pressures to contend their pressure … When you do not use your means of pressure, the enemy will relax and continue pressuring.
Brent crude #oil prices dropped to $۶۷ a barrel, while #US oil exports reached to a low $۵۸. These are the lowest rates over the past ۳ months, despite the signals sent from some OPECs on an agreement to cut #OPEC and non-OPEC production../۱ #OOTT
#Iran's leader: Some in Iran ask what is wrong with negotiation. Negotiation is a poison as the #US is as it is now, and the #negotiation with the current US administration is a double poison. Negotiation means give & take, but what US wants is our strength points.
#Iran's leader (in meeting with government officials): The definitive option of Iran is resistance against #US, & in this confrontation the US will be forced to retreat. This confrontation is not a military one, because a war is not expected to happen.
#Iran will never- God willing- stretch its hand to the #US, even if it is annihilated. Do they think that we surrender to the US for oil or anything else? We will never succumb to others to even if we are threatened with annihilation.
#EU Statement on the #JCPoA
The lifting of sanctions is an essential part of the JCPoA – it aims at having a positive impact not only on trade with Iran & the lives of the Iranians.We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the #US .
Mounting pressure of the #US Admin. for «regime change» in oil-rich #Venezuela proves Iran's oil can't be replaced. #Iran will strongly continue to export oil with no limitation. Venezuelans will turn down #Trump who is thirsty for petrodollar & will make decisions by themselves.
#Iran MFA spox on @SecPompeo's remarks re change in nature of Islamic Republic: The one who needs to change nature is US regime & not Iran. Increasing opposition of intn'l community against illegal behavior & actions, has made the «change in nature of #US regime» a global demand.
#Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, in a statement on Saturday, expressed concerns about the #US test of a medium-range cruise #missile that took place shortly after its withdrawal from the #INFTreaty with Russia.
#Iran's president: The US has never been weaker, alienated and isolated than now, and I cannot recall such a weak position for the #US in history … US has been defeated, and we are the winners of this battle.
America's plan for the success of #Deal_of_the_Century has three stages.
۱: Pressure on the Arabs.
۲: Paying bribes to pro-American Palestinians.
۳: Repression of Islamic Resistance.
For this reason, #Hamas, #Iran and #Turkey are the biggest challenges for the #US and #Israel.
Sanctions on @JZarif shows the #US not only isn't a super power, but also is a weak state that afraid from some interviews. It means @realDonaldTrump, @AmbJohnBolton & @SecPompeo are the symbol of failure of America.
Iranian official, in the meeting with Swiss ambassador, also said that #Iran is not after a war with any country, particularly with the #US, while Tehran will not tolerate any aggressive acts & will respond strongly.
Warning to @realDonaldTrump: if making a mistake, the end of line will be determined by powerful #Iran. Today, #Trump & #WhiteHouse hawks just received a resolute message from a small portion of Iran's great defense capacities, leading to the shootdown of the #US advanced #drone.
If #Saudi rulers do not stop aiding & abetting the #US in its economic war against #Iran, they must wait for its new & shocking decision. The clock is ticking so fast for the continuity of Saudi-#Emirati-#Israeli dirty policies.
#Iran's leader described negotiations as a pretext the #US uses to pressure Iran: They want to cash in on the pressures through negotiation … US targets assets of a country by pressuring it. They also have a tactic and that is negotiation.
To contain #US-#Iran tensions,the bottom line is that while preventing a military conflict is the immediate priority, the U.S. needs to begin to treat Iran in a more pragmatic, less Manichean context, and that preserving/restoring the JCPOA is essential but insufficient for that.
#Trump's Zionist son-in-law #Kushner said the #US will launch the #Deal of Century in #Bahrain. Bibi wants to turn Bahrain into an Israeli island & #Riyadh wants to face Bahrain w/ huge cost of the Deal. Following its crime against Bahrainis, #AlKhalifa is betraying Palestinians.
#US foreign policy is in shambles. Pompeo & Bolton are thirsting for power & #Trump is hungry for money. All ۳ will be the major losers of the current WH game. Islamic republic of #Iran is standing fast. By practicing wise diplomacy, based on «heroic power» we will win the day.
#EU Statement on the #JCPoA
The lifting of sanctions is an essential part of the JCPoA – it aims at having a positive impact on trade with Iran & the lives of the Iranians.We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the #US .
S. #Africa Has No Limitation for Direct Cooperation with Iran
The sales director of a South African firm said despite unilateral #US sanctions on #Iran, his company has no limitation for direct cooperation with Iranian businesses and corporations.
Iranian Minster of Petroleum Bijan #Zangeneh: The oil market could not be managed by mere #US statements. Global affairs are not as easy as thought by the US and its instigators. The oil market could not be controlled by mere statements.
#Iran’s foreign ministry spox: There is no request [from Iranian side] for negotiations with the #US. We have no talks with #SaudiArabia but on Hajj issue which has been separated from political issues & relations.
#Iran's president: Some think that #US wants to negotiate & that is Iran who is avoiding negotiation. That is not the case. Americans are not ready for negotiations …The condition they have created is not a condition suitable for discussion, reasoning & negotiation.
#Iran's president Rouhani: The #US regime's leaders revealed their nature. If they were wise, they would declare that they suspend the sanctions for a year because of the flood in Iran. Then Iranian people would probably believe that they are not against Iranian nation.