‘Iran seeks peace, security in region by choice'

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22 May 2019

Iranian diplomacy rests on the principles of peace, Tehran's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday, ONA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

“Iranian foreign policy has been consistent with making peace a possibility for everybody,” Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour said at a seminar in Turkey’s capital, Ankara.

“Diplomacy and peace are the two public goods and commodities that we need everywhere and every time,” he said.

Sajjadpour highlighted the anti-diplomatic approach and provocations of the U.S. toward Iran.

He argued that Iran developed an absolutely diplomatic approach over two and a half years by negotiating with six parties, including the U.S., through diplomatic channels and in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

He criticized the cancellation of the ongoing process by the Trump administration without any legal justification.

Underlining that the U.S. abrogated its own commitment, Sajjadpour said, “That is very undiplomatic and against international law, international organizations and all the achievements of diplomacy.”

“All what they did was against their own signature.”

World powers had agreed in 2015 to lift economic sanctions imposed on Iran in return for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear activity to peaceful and civilian purposes.

The agreement was signed between Iran and Russia, China, France, the U.K. and the U.S. plus Germany.

U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the deal last year, accusing Iran of cheating on the agreement.

The Trump administration has recently intensified pressure on Tehran by re-imposing sanctions targeting the country’s energy, banking and metals sectors.

Sajjadpour criticized the U.S.’s policy of “maximum pressure”, which he described as “pressure to accept the will of a superpower”.

This is an impossibility for a country like Iran, whose political system is a product of a revolution based on the slogan of “independence, liberty and the Islamic Republic”, according to Sajjadpour.

“Iran will remain independent and will not accept the will of others,” he said.

Maximum pressure will be met with be maximum resistance, he added.