Iran not to negotiate with ‘rogue’ U.S.: FM

Iran will not negotiate with the United States that fails to keep its word and moves to sabotage multilateral agreements one after another, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday, according to Press TV.

The United States is turning into a ‘rogue state’ by repeatedly violating international law, and Iran will not negotiate with such a state, Zarif said in response to the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent call for renegotiations on Iran’s 2015 international nuclear agreement.

‘The U.S. withdrawal from some international agreements and undermining others, coupled with efforts to weaken international organizations, are examples of destructive moves so far by the U.S. government, which have unfortunately darkened the outlook for the international order,’ Zarif said.

‘Obviously, the continuation of such policies can endanger the stability of the international community, turning the United States into a rogue state and an international outlaw,’ he said.

On May 21, Pompeo chastised Iran for its nuclear and missile programs, vowing to issue Tehran the toughest sanctions in history if it does not change course.

Pompeo rolled out a ‘new Iran strategy,’ issuing tough rhetoric against Tehran and summoning calls for frustrated U.S. allies.

Defending the U.S. withdrawal from the historic Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said Iran must report to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its nuclear program, end the proliferation of its missiles, and stop supporting ‘terrorist groups’ in the Middle East.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected Pompeo’s threatening remarks as ‘absurd and interventionist’ and appealed to the EU allies of the United States to protect the deal.

This article provided by NewsEdge.