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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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SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "Because I believe JCPOA was an important accomplishment of diplomacy, and it's too early to talk about its demise. As Mark Twain said, 'the news of its demise are greatly exaggerated.' But unfortunately, the Europeans have not been able to put their money where their mouth is, they have been stating their support for the JCPOA, but they have not been prepared to take the risks and to invest in order to maintain a great achievement of diplomacy.

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "The Europeans must know that the appetite of the United States for breaking international law, whenever and wherever it serves them, will not stop with JCPOA, as it has not on INF, UNESCO, the climate change Paris agreement."

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "The force of unilateralism and disrespect or even contempt for international law, that we see in this administration will have impact which will outlast the presidency of President Trump, and I think it is for all of us to think about this, and, to be honest with you, at the end of day it's not even in the interest of the United States. 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."

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "Well, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz are narrow bodies of water. Increasing military presence in this narrow body of water will not increase its security, if anything it will increase insecurity. Iran has 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of coast line of the Persian Gulf about the same in the Sea of Oman and controls the northern part of Strait of Hormuz. 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."

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "We believe stability and tranquility in the South China Sea cannot be achieved at the expense of China, as the stability and security in the Persian Gulf and the Sea Of Oman cannot be achieved at the expense of Iran. These are realities of life."

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "Unfortunately, the US arm-twisting and basically bullying continues as we need to be able to sell our oil. We made it clear; if the United States uses its economic influence with other countries to deprive Iran of selling its oil officially and transparently, we will use all other methods to sell our oil because the United States is committing an act of aggression and act of warfare against Iran by preventing our traditional customers to buy oil from us, and that not mean that we will simply succumb to US pressure."

SOT, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister: "As soon as people in our region realise that they cannot buy security from outside, they can buy a lot of weapons, and Donald Trump will be too happy selling them a lot of weapons, but I do not think, as you correctly pointed out, that Donald Trump will be prepared to spare the lifes of Americans in order to fight their war. And as soon as they realise that, they'll come to the negotiation table and they will negotiate, not they will succumb, we do not want anybody to succumb to pressure. We believe that the era of hegemony at the global level and at the regional level is gone. Saudi Arabia, in my view, is still interested in hegemony. Its conflict with Qatar, its conflict with Turkey, its rivalries inside the region, not limited to Iran, I mean Iran is not involved in North Africa, we are not in Libya, we are not in Sudan, but Saudi Arabia is there, because its seeking hegemony, its seeking hegemony in Yemen, that is why we have this war going on even between Saudi allies in Yemen. That mentality has to change. Two necessary changes: nobody could have hegemony in the region, you cannot buy your security from outside."

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