Iran defensive arrangements not negotiable: Zarif
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
The Hague, June 24, IRNA -- Iran's defensive arrangements are not negotiable, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.
He made the remarks in a meeting with the Netherlands parliament commission on foreign relations.
Zarif also briefed the Dutch lawmakers on implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action as well as regional developments including developments in Iraq and Syria.
Extremism is a global threat and nobody can control the extremist forces alone, he said.
'We need a comprehensive approach to fight extremism and war alone is not a response to this phenomena,' Iran's top diplomat said.
Referring to Iran's missile tests, Zarif said that they are not related to the JCPOA.
Iran's defensive arrangements are not negotiable, he said.
Iran was alone during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war and now it is just boosting its defensive capabilities, he said, adding that deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hossein had all the support from Western and Eastern blocs in its war against the Islamic Republic.
Zarif also cited fighting dust pollution and management of water resources as possible grounds for Tehran and Amsterdam to further cooperation.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|