0900 GMT September 24, 2021
Iran’s foreign minister said he has told the secretary-general of the United Nations in a letter that the chronicle of the US breaches of its promises will be published in the form of a book sooner or later.
In an address to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Mohammad Javad Zarif added, “In a letter to António Guterres two weeks ago, I wrote that we have recorded the US breaches of promises in a chronicle and it will be published in the form of a book sooner or later. This shows that we have made our efforts; but factors beyond the control of the government and outside the country prevented us from achieving our desired result,” IRNA reported.
In the field of the economy, the administration of President Hassan Rouhani did its best to take major steps and achieved success in the first two years of its first term in office, the outcome of which was an unprecedented economic growth, he noted.
Zarif regretted, however, that the US did not honor its promises.
In May 2018, the US, under former president Donald Trump, pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Tehran, in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table to hammer out a new nuclear deal.
Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, being part of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, the sanctions failed to achieve the desired result; however, they inflicted harm on the country’s economy and prevented the government from continuing the growing economic trend which had begun following the implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016.
Zarif said the COVID-19 vaccine was the second thing the government had to provide the people, adding, “Our focus in this field was on relying on domestic production. We, however, as the Foreign Ministry had to provide access to foreign jabs as well.”
He expressed satisfaction with the fact that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have so far been imported, and millions of other doses will be imported in the future, resolving the country’s problems in terms of public vaccination.
Zarif added that Iran managed to defeat the US with regard to the JCPOA despite the fact that Washington’s economic power placed Iranians under pressure.
The US was defeated twice over the course of two months in this field at the United Nations, which shows that Iranians have proved to the world that Washington is the one that is creating problems and has to change its course of action, he noted.
He described the JCPOA as the Rouhani administration’s most important achievement over the past eight years.
On August 5, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi will succeed Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office since 2013. Zarif served as Iran’s foreign minister during both terms.