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Iran FM: US people never require US Treasury to hear my words

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA -- "Dialog and peace" are "existential threats" to the B-team and the Americans never need a permission from the US Treasury to "engage" with him, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday after being sanctioned by the US.

Zarif earlier had said that the B-Team consists of US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Saudi and the Emirati crown princes, respectively, Mohammad bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed.

"We know that calling for dialouge and peace is an existential threat to B-team," Zarif wrote.

"would 'US persons' need OFAC [US Office of Foreign Assets Control] license to 'engage' with me by reading my writings or listening to interviews?" he questioned.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the sanctions imposed on Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif are because the superpowers are afraid to interview Iran's foreign minister as the pillars of the White House start to shake with the words of a wise logical person, which worries the US and shows Iran's power.

Many political figures criticized the US for the move.

Wendy Sherman, former US politician who was part of US negotiation team with Iran, wrote in a tweet that sanctioning Zarif "belies" US President Donald Trump's "call for talks with no preconditions."

She added, "Sanctioning FMs never helps diplomacy."

Former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy of the United States Richard Nephew wrote in a tweet on Wednesday that sanctioning Iran's Zarif is one of "the most ridiculous steps" he had ever seen during Donald Trump's administration.

"It won't meaningfully affect Zarif's diplomacy, it probably won't result in much in terms of asset freeze or complications for him," wrote Richard Nephew.


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