Iranians Shattered Myth Of US Omnipotence: FM Zarif

TEHRAN — Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Iranian nation has managed to shatter the myth of US om­nipotence despite all the plots hatched by Washington against Iran in the past four decades.

“Iranians forced the US cli­ent to leave 40 years ago today. 3 years ago today, JCPOA en­tered into force, ending yrs of securitization of Iran. In spite of US machinations v. Iran for the past 40 years— & its with­drawal from JCPOA— Irani­ans have shattered the myth of US omnipotence,” Zarif said in a Wednesday tweet.

By “the US client”, Zarif was referring to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the former US-backed Shah of Iran who fled the country on Jan. 16, 1979, a few weeks before the victory of the Iranian Revolution.

On JCPOA, or the 2015 nu­clear deal between Tehran and world powers whose imple­mentation started in January 2016, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi also took to Twitter to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Implemen­tation Day.

“Today is the 3rd anniver­sary of the implementation of Iran nuclear deal which dis­played how untrustworthy and unreliable the US is,” Deputy FM Araqchi said in a tweet on Thursday morning.

“A president sign, the next withdraw! Thank you Presi­dent Trump for exhibiting this. Shame.”

President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA and re-im­pose sanctions against the Is­lamic Republic in May 2018. However, the European Union, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany expressed their support for the deal, and have yet to leave it.

Iran has on numerous oc­casions asserted that its nucle­ar program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes.

Zarif condemns US imprisonment of Press TV anchor as ‘political game’

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned as a “political game” the US arrest and imprisonment of Press TV anchorwoman Marzieh Hashemi, urging American authorities to re­lease her right away.

Hashemi, a US citizen born as Melanie Franklin, was detained upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert Interna­tional Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, but wasn’t allowed to contact her family until late Tuesday.

“Ms. Marzieh Hashemi is the wife of an Iranian person and is therefore an Iranian citizen and we see it as our duty to defend the rights of our citizens,” Zarif said in an inter­view with Iranian Arabic net­work Al Alam on Wednesday.

“The move by the US to arrest her is an unac­ceptable political move and a violation of freedom of speech,” he argued. “On that basis, the Americans should immediately end this politi­cal game.

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