Iranian FM condemns USA war posture

"Europeans are not in a position to criticize Iran for issues outside the JCPOA", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by the state broadcaster, using the acronym for the nuclear deal.

Maas held talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on June 10 and is expected to also meet with President Hassan Rohani during his visit.

Zarif added that "whoever starts a war with us will not be the one who finishes it".

"We had frank and serious talks with Maas", said Zarif, one of the nuclear deal's architects. Donald Trump has always lambasted the deal signed by President Barak Obama as flawed and into the power; he walked the United States out of it leaving the entire arrangement in a limbo.

Zarif labeled the new USA sanctions as "economic terrorism" that "targets ordinary Iranian people" because even though food and medicine are exempted from the sanctions, the financial transactions associated with them are not.

European and Western policies 'have only caused damage in the region, ' Zarif said.

West European signatories, including Germany, want to try to keep the nuclear accord alive, although they share the Trump administration's disquiet about Iran's ballistic missile programme and its role in conflicts in the Middle East, Reuters said.

Japan wants to lower the temperature, officials say, with Abe winning Trump's blessing for the mediation trip when the U.S. president visited Tokyo last month.

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On the anniversary of the withdrawal, Mr Rouhani announced that the country would stop honouring some commitments in the nuclear deal and warned that in 60 days it would scale back more commitments if European signatories failed to shield it against United States sanctions. His visit is a consorted effort to keep Iran from reinitiating the process of high-grade uranium enrichment which Iran had threatened to undergo in 60 days if Europe failed to protect its economic interests.

Maas also said that he would stress his concerns about Iranian activity in Syria and Yemen. All major European companies that had announced plans to invest in Iran have since called them off for fear of US punishment.

Maas acknowledged the economic benefits Tehran hoped for from the deal were now "more hard to obtain".

The U.N. atomic watchdog's chief said on Monday he was anxious about rising tensions over Iran's nuclear programme and called for de-escalation through dialogue, departing from his usual guarded language on the country.

"However, we think that this should take place as part of a dialogue", he said, adding he did not think the U.S. strategy of "maximum pressure" and threats were helpful.

He said Tehran was now producing more enriched uranium than before, following through with a threat made last month.

Mr Mousavi said that the Iranian homemade air defence systems are reliable tools and the Islamic republic does not need S-400. That means the US can impose sanctions on any company or individual that provides a designated entity with material support.

  • Sonia Alvarado