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Russia: No security in Persian Gulf without Iran – FM Zarif *PARTNER CONTENT* *EXCLUSIVE*

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 03, 2019 at 15:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the future of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and the heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, speaking in Moscow to RT in an exclusive interview which aired on Tuesday.

The minister said the nuke deal is not finished, noting that "it's too early to talk about its demise."

He added that European countries should "put their money where their mouth is" and stick to their commitments to keep the JCPOA alive.

The diplomat accused the US of showing no respect for international law by imposing new sanctions on Iran.

"In the long term, if you have lawless international behaviour, you cannot have predictability. One state being unpredictable will bring other states to the state of unpredictability and then we will have chaos," he said.

Touching the situation in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian minister stated that Washington beefing up military presence in the region will only increase insecurity.

"Without Iran you cannot have security, and certainly you will have tension if you bring naval flotillas to the Persian Gulf in order to attack Iran or in order to threaten Iran with the use of force."

The diplomat also went on to criticise Saudi Arabia for being "still interested in hegemony" in the Middle East.

Zarif visited Moscow on Monday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the future of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal and the heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, speaking in Moscow to RT in an exclusive interview which aired on Tuesday.

The minister said the nuke deal is not finished, noting that "it's too early to talk about its demise."

He added that European countries should "put their money where their mouth is" and stick to their commitments to keep the JCPOA alive.

The diplomat accused the US of showing no respect for international law by imposing new sanctions on Iran.

"In the long term, if you have lawless international behaviour, you cannot have predictability. One state being unpredictable will bring other states to the state of unpredictability and then we will have chaos," he said.

Touching the situation in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian minister stated that Washington beefing up military presence in the region will only increase insecurity.

"Without Iran you cannot have security, and certainly you will have tension if you bring naval flotillas to the Persian Gulf in order to attack Iran or in order to threaten Iran with the use of force."

The diplomat also went on to criticise Saudi Arabia for being "still interested in hegemony" in the Middle East.

Zarif visited Moscow on Monday to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

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