He made the remarks in a live lecture via the account of University of Tehran’s Faculty of World Studies on Instagram.
Players in the world should recognize the realities of the transitional world, he said, adding that Western monopoly is ending, IRNA reported
“We are not prisoners of any situation as we make changes in history," he added.
Zarif outlined concepts prevailing the global political systems so far and said each of them has given way to the other in the course of time.
Recalling the previous changes in the world, he said that "we have seen the emergence of drastic changes and wars" in the international community.
The top diplomat referred to "extremist unilateralism" as one of those concepts and said that "all there are conceptual contexts the world experienced about the emerging new world."
Zarif termed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers as the product of the transition from a negative-sum to positive-sum approach.
He also said that Daesh terrorist group was 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.
The West alone is unable to deal with the global challenges and cannot protect the environment, security, and social cohesion, he underlined.
Zarif also said that that the West is no longer the only role player in the world.