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Iranian Foreign Minister: unlike Riyadh, Tehran does not seek tension

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says unlike Riyadh, Tehran does not seek tension with any country in the region, including Saudi Arabia.
Iranian Foreign Minister: unlike Riyadh, Tehran does not seek tension
AVA- The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks while speaking to a number of Iraqi reporters in Baghdad on Sunday.
Zarif is in the Iraqi capital to make necessary preparations for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's first visit to Iraq since 2013, which is scheduled to start on Monday and last for three days.
Asked about the possibility of a trip by the top Iranian diplomat to Riyadh, he said he has no plan for such a visit, but at the same time, has no problem with it, because it is Saudi Arabia, which seeks to create tension in the region not Iran.
When asked about the United States' unilateral sanctions against Iran, Zarif said it is the first time that a country is being punished, because it has observed international law and the United Nations' regulations.
He described as a "dangerous phenomenon" the US approach to violate international law and punish other countries due to their commitment to regulations.
Earlier in the day, Iraq’s President Barham Salih said his country will not be part of a regime of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran and will do its best to reduce the damage done to the Iranian nation as a result of the bans.
“Let me tell you that Iraq will not become part of the US unilateral sanctions regime against Iran. There is no doubt that we will be affected by these sanctions, but it is certain that we will not be part of them,” he said.
US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington in May 2018 from a landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
Sunday 10 March 2019 23:36
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