Date :Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 | Time : 13:37 |ID: 77619 | Print

Zarif: Pompeo should own what he says

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SHAFAQNA- Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blamed his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo for his threat to starve the Iranian people through sanction, saying Pompeo must assume responsibility for what he says.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Zarif said Pompeo should either own what he says, or disown what US does. Can’t have it both ways.

“Pompeo has audacity to threaten crimes against humanity targeting ordinary Iranians; then attacks media for reporting his own words”,  Zarif tweeted.

Zarif was responding to an earlier claim made by Pompeo on his Twitter account .

Pompeo accused “fake Newsweek” of helping spread lie after US magazine published his threat to starve the Iranian people through sanctions.

In an interview with BBC Persian, the US secretary of state said that Iranian officials must listen to Washington “if they want their people to eat.”

“All reimposed US sanctions violate UN Security Council Res 2231. -Intention to starve civilian population is crime against humanity. -ICJ already refuted Pompeo’s claim on humanitarian exemptions”, Zarif said in a Twitter post.

“Like his predecessors, he’ll also learn that—in spite of US efforts—Iran will not just survive but advance w/out sacrificing its sovereignty”, Zarif said in tweeter on 10 November.

The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on November 5 the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off its oil sales and crucial exports. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

A first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran’s access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector, press tv reported.

 

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