Zarif, Haniyeh dis­cuss U.S. draft res­o­lu­tion against Ha­mas

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TEHRAN — For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif has said that that “sur­re­al­ism” shapes the United States’ for­eign pol­icy.

The re­marks by Zarif came in re­sponse to U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, who had ac­cused Tehran of test­ing a mis­sile “ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing nu­clear war­heads” in vi­o­la­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2231.

“‘Sur­re­al­ism’ is now the US’ modus operandi in its for­eign af­fairs: While it­self vi­o­lates UN­SCR 2231—and even threat­ens to pun­ish those who don’t wish to vi­o­late it in abid­ing with il­le­gal US sanc­tions—it now falsely ac­cuses Iran of vi­o­lat­ing the very SAME res­o­lu­tion. #Hypocrisy,” Zarif tweeted late on Sun­day.

The res­o­lu­tion 2231, which en­dorsed the nu­clear agree­ment be­tween Iran and the 5+1 group in July 2015, ‘calls upon’ Iran not to build nu­clear-ca­pa­ble mis­siles. It does not ban con­ven­tional mis­sile pro­gram by Tehran.

Wash­ing­ton it­self started breach­ing the res­o­lu­tion in May af­ter it left the nu­clear agree­ment. In the fol­low­ing months, it took fur­ther steps in breach of the res­o­lu­tion by restor­ing the sanc­tions that had been lifted un­der the agree­ment, and even threat­ened the coun­tries po­ten­tially ig­nor­ing the bans with “sec­ondary sanc­tions.”

On Sun­day, Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Pom­peo was talk­ing in “para­dox­i­cal” terms since he had pred­i­cated his re­marks on a res­o­lu­tion that the U.S. it­self had breached.

Qassemi also re­peated the coun­try’s as­ser­tion that the Ira­nian mis­sile pro­gram was en­tirely de­fen­sive.

He as­serted that Iran had to equip it­self with “what­ever it needs to de­fend it­self” in the light of the past and on­go­ing ten­sions in the re­gion, and its own past ex­pe­ri­ence of com­ing un­der an im­posed war by Iraq’s Sad­dam Hus­sein in the 1980s.

For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif Ha­mas po­lit­i­cal bureau chief Is­mail Haniyeh

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