Zarif responds to 'Ignorant' remarks by Mike Pence
Iran's Foreign Minister has expressed surprise about US vice president, Mike Pence's ignorant remarks about Iran.
Iran Press/Iran News: In a forthright response to the US Vice President Mike Pence's allegations against Iran, accusing Iran of antisemitism, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that he feels sorry about the amount of ignorance prevalent among US officials and senior members of US administration.
Meeting with Iranian elites residing in southern Germany in Munich on Saturday night, Zarif categorically rejected any accusation of antisemitism said: "Mike Pence made some insulting remarks about Iran and Europe, and his insults about Europe were not less than his insults about Iran."
The Iran foreign minister noted that Iran is a powerful country in the region which has unique capabilities.
Also speaking to Germany’s Der Spiegel, foreign minister Zarif called Mike Pence’s accusation 'laughable' and said: "Iran has always supported the Jews. We are just against Zionists. The Holocaust was a disaster."
Earlier, the Iranian government said it respected Judaism but opposed Israel, which it said was acting like a 'killing machine against the Palestinians'.
Also, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said: “Iran’s historic and cultural record of coexistence and respect for divine religions, particularly Judaism, is recorded in reliable historic documents of various nations.”
Munich Security Conference has been held annually in the German city of Munich since 1963 with the aim of providing an opportunity for the political, economic, scientific and military officials from around the world to explore ways of maintaining peace and establishing security.
Following the failure of the Warsaw Conference in Poland, the US vice-president Mike Pence made a baseless allegation of antisemitism against Iran on Friday.
Munich Security Council opened on Friday and will end today, Sunday 17 February. 208/211/103