Iran’s foreign minister has said the “violent unilateralism” relentlessly pursued by the United States has posed a serious threat to the international system and other countries.
“We believe that the United States is pushing a new sort of violent unilateralism, an extremist unilateralism, which destroys all the foundations of global order,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told China’s state-run Xinhua news agency during an interview in China published on Friday.
He made the comment in response to a question whether he agreed with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi that the Iran 2015 nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – is in fact a contest between unilateralism and multilateralism.
He also said that the U.S. and particularly the administration of Trump “strongly believes in the use of coercive measures”, which “usually threaten the lives of ordinary citizens,” and “that is why Iran and China rightly called these actions by the United States economic terrorism.”
Commenting on the months-long unrest in Hong Kong, Zarif said that Iran calls for holding talks to reach mutual understanding, insisting that intervention cannot solve problem. He also lambasted the U.S. for intervening in China-Hong Kong internal affairs.