As President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue to plow ahead with “cartoonish allegations” in an effort to undermine the Iran nuclear deal—which most Americans support, despite the disinformation campaign against it—Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a video on Thursday that the U.S. has “consistently violated” the terms of the accord and that the agreement will not be renegotiated.
“When you buy a house and move your family in, or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back two years later and renegotiate the price.”
—Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister
Arguing it is Iran—and not the U.S. or Europe—that has “serious grievances” and “much to demand” in terms of diplomatic concessions, Zarif noted that his nation “has not invaded anyone in centuries, but we have been invaded, most recently [in 1980] by Saddam Hussein, who was then backed by the U.S. and its regional allies.”
“The West even actively prevented us from buying rudimentary means of defense even as Saddam Hussein showered by Iranian civilians and soldiers with chemical weapons,” Zarif noted.
Even in light of this gruesome history and recent “bluster” from the Trump administration, Zarif noted that Iran still entered into the nuclear agreement “in good faith” and has continued to comply. Zarif went on to reiterate that his nation will not “renegotiate or add onto” the deal, as French President Emmanuel Macron suggested during his visit to the U.S. last week.
Zarif also accused the U.S. of repeatedly violating the nuclear agreement “by bullying others to prevent businesses from returning to Iran.”
Speaking directly to Trump in “real estate terms,” Zarif said, “when you buy a house and move your family in, or demolish it to build a skyscraper, you cannot come back two years later and renegotiate the price.”
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