Zarif: US imposing maximum pressure on Iran and its own allies
The Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has emphasized that the United States is not only exerting maximum pressure on Iran but on its European allies as well.
Iran Press/Iran news: On the sideline of cabinet session, Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the joining of European countries to the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), stressing that: "We expect a country that claims to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), sells Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) medical supplies to Iran."
Zarif also criticized Sweden which used to sell specialist medical supplies but said because of US sanctions Sweden is no longer willing to sell this medicine to Iran, Iran Press reported.
"A Swedish company used to sell specific medical supplies but is no longer willing to sell the medicine to Iran due to US sanctions," he added.
"We remind them that if you claim to support Iran's nuclear deal and join INSTEX, you should sell the medicine, while the US has also announced that human and medical cases are not sanctioned," he underlined.
Zarif noted that the country regularly receives messages from the US, which were more frequent when Rouhani was in New York.
"Iran's Ministery of Economic Affairs facilitates investment. We will continue our efforts, but the success of our efforts also depends on foreign countries and internal structures as well," he added.
Commenting on an attack on the Iranian consulate building in Najaf, Zarif said immediately after the incident the Iraqi foreign minister contacted him and apologized for what had happened. Zarif said I reminded my Iraqi counterpart that the safety and security of Iranian diplomatic staff is the responsibility of the Iraqi government and that Baghdad must compensate Tehran for the damaged caused to the Iranian diplomatic premises in Iraq. 101