Tehran (IP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as the product of transmission from negative-sum to positive-sum approach.

Iran PressIran News: Delivering a speech via the account of the University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies on Instagram, he termed Iran’s initiative “Dialogue among Civilizations” introduced by Iran many years ago as an example of the positive-sum approach.

Zarif stated that some 18 prominent figures published a book in 2001 to praise the initiative. Also, the high-profile diplomat sympathized with Lebanese people over the August 4 Beirut explosion.

“Over the past two centuries, competitions and zero-sum games have caused wars, and tragedies as well as insecurities. Rivalry zero-sum game has brought insecurity to the world,” he added. 

The game has impeded the creation of peace and security in the globe over the last decades. The zero-sum approach has led to the negative-sum approach among the states, Zarif noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif termed ISIS as the product of invasion and occupation. Western monopoly on international relations is decreasing, he said, adding that the reason is the creation of global challenges and opportunities.

He went on to say that the West alone is unable to deal with global challenges and cannot protect the environment, security, and social cohesion.

Zarif went on to say that the West is no longer the only role player in the world. He said the United States has securitized the issues to take advantage of its military superiority.

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