BAGHDAD – During a press conference on Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the United Nations to uphold their end of an important nuclear deal they signed with Iran.
With Iraqi FM Mohamed Ali al-Hakim seated beside him, FM Zarif also issued a warning to the world: Iran will defend itself against all physical and economic aggressiveness.
How they planned to carry out their defensive strategy in Tehran is unclear.
One senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claims the United States military has a presence that is its “weakest in history”. America, according to Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, has been in the region since 1833 and lacks the presence they once had in West Asia.
According to Washington, sending extra forces into the region was in response to an alleged military campaign that included launching a rocket into the Green Zone, Yemeni drone attacks on a Saudi pipeline, and IEDs that caused damage to tankers near the Gulf entrance.
Despite the attacks and increased military involvement by America, Iran denies having direct involvement.
Earlier this month, the United States ended the last exemptions it had approved from sweeping unilateral sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after deserting the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018. The recent activity in the Green Zone and Yemen is thought to be connected to the exemptions being lifted.
In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recommended the Islamic republic hold a referendum to discuss its nuclear program. A similar suggestion was made in 2004 to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when Rouhani was a nuclear negotiator, and while the idea was approved by the Supreme Leader then, a referendum never took place.
President Trump has told Tehran through tweets and American news mediums that he will “give Iran a war they would regret for ages” if they continued to threaten U.N. and U.S. assets. A meeting between Iranian leaders and Washington has not been announced.