Iran's progress, capabilities causes of concern for US, Israel: FM Zarif
Iran Press TV
Monday, 06 July 2020 2:05 PM
Iran's foreign minister says the pressures exerted by the United States and Israel on the Islamic Republic prove that both regimes are concerned about the new grounds Tehran has broken in recent years and its continued progress.
Speaking in a meeting of senior officials of Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "Perhaps, no other country has been under such mounting pressure from certain [world] powers, especially the United States, and the Zionist regime."
He added that the Iranian Foreign Ministry has been constantly dealing with countries and groups outside Iran, which use all their power to mount pressure on the Iranian people.
Zarif noted that pressures put on Iran by Washington and Tel Aviv stem from the fact that both regimes "are concerned about Iran's growth and capabilities, which has prompted them to take action to confront it."
Zarif's remarks came just a day after the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, Brigadier General Alireza Tangsiri, announced that the country has developed underground cities along the country's entire southern shores, including the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, which can accommodate both naval vessels and missiles.
"We [in the Iranian Armed Forces] have underground cities, which house both vessels and missiles," the commander said, adding, "Our entire shoreline [in southern Iran] is equipped with [various types of] arms."
"Another thing I am going to say [to enemies] with certainty is that we are present everywhere in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman and ... in places you cannot even imagine. We are your nightmare," Tangsiri added.
'US must not be allowed to reintroduce Iran as security threat'
Addressing the same meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said the United States should not be allowed to once again portray Iran as a "security threat."
"Every move that would introduce Iran as a security threat on the international scene would be playing in the US court," Araqchi said.
He added that US President Donald Trump is facing a difficult situation after the recent developments in the country and "therefore, we should not give a pretext to the US to use Iran as a bargaining chip in the [upcoming] US [presidential] election campaign."
He said Washington has increased its so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran to its highest level over the past six months after it failed to achieve its objectives.
The senior Iranian diplomat warned that the US is currently pursuing its "main objective" that is "to once again send [the case of] Iran to the [United Nations] Security Council and has mobilized all its power to this effect," adding that such "a dangerous game" may cause strategic damage for Iran if the Iranian side played into the US' hands.
Pointing to the outcomes of the international nuclear agreement -- known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015, Araqchi said, "Foiling a security agreement that was made between the US and Israelis after many years was one of the JCPOA's achievements. We intended to prevent the reformation of this consensus over the past months."
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said that the US policy to exert 'maximum pressure' on Iran has already failed and all economic indexes show that the country has weathered the worst phase of that policy.
Rouhani made the remarks in a press conference with domestic and international media in Tehran in February, saying, "All [economic] indexes show that we have weathered [the worst phase of] the US' maximum pressure [policy]. Americans have reached the conclusion that the path they have chosen [for dealing with Iran] has been based on a wrong strategy."
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