“What the US fears is the Iranian nation’s resistance and this is an undeniable reality, and we are proud of the country’s power, defensive power and Basij (volunteer) forces,” Zarif said on Saturday.
“Today any imagination about making an aggression and invasion of our great country is futile and the bullying powers should speak with the great Iranian nation with a respectful tone and not with the language of threat and bullying,” he underlined.
His remarks came after Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) reached a final deal late November after days of hard work and intensive negotiations.
After endorsing the agreement with the world powers, Zarif underlined that the six world powers have recognized Iran’s enrichment program.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva at the time, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the agreement reached between Iran and the G5+1, and said, “Today’s agreement deals with several sectors, the most important of which is that Iran’s enrichment program has been recognized, and this program will continue.”
Zarif underlined that the Iranian nation wants the opposite side to show respect for its rights, and said, “We need to remove the historical lack of confidence and the West should also be able to win the Iranian nation’s confidence.”
He called on the West to discard its catch-phrase “the military option is on the table”, and said, “The right to own nuclear energy is among the rights of all countries and the international rules approve of this right. Governments cannot threaten other countries only on the basis of their own decisions."
"Iran is entitled to make use of its rights, and other countries should not threaten it because of its pursuit of its rights.”
He reiterated that other countries should avoid threatening Iran only because is demanding its rights, and said, “We respect our rights and the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) members should know that they should not exert pressure on Iran and this agreement that has just been signed mentions that Iran is fully entitled to the right of enrichment and it will never quit its rights in the future.”
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