Iran’s defensive power is not negotiable: Zarif

نشست هماهنگی برگزاری چهلمین مراسم سالگرد پیروزی انقلاب

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign minister says if US makes a potential strategic mistake and designates the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, it will become more isolated and despicable among the Iranian people.

“If American officials make such a strategic mistake, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take a reciprocal measure,” Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, adding, “Some measures have been thought out in this regard and will be taken at the appropriate time.”

Zarif’s remarks came a few days before the US president's expected announcement of a final decision on his Iran strategy.

The Iranian foreign minister warned that in case of such a move, the US would become more isolated and despicable among the Iranian people.

“The policy of US President Donald Trump’s administration has been to deprive Iran of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action's (JCPOA) benefits, but through our policies, we will not allow the US to make such a move. We have been successful so far in this regard and will respond to US actions with proper measures in the future,” the top Iranian diplomat pointed out.

Zarif said Iran had repeatedly announced that its defensive power was not negotiable, adding that it has been even specified in the JCPOA that Iran would not negotiate on its defensive power.

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