Iran Daily: Zarif Tries to Separate Europe From US

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the German Foreign Ministry, June 27, 2017 (Clemens Bilan/EPA)

Continuing Iran’s diplomatic offensive to separate Europe from the US, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has chided the “visceral hatred” of Washington towards the Islamic Republic.

Zarif seized the initiative on Twitter on Friday, contrasting the positions of the European Union and the US towards the July 2015 nuclear agreement:

Zarif has spent this week lambasting the US, beginning with speeches and meetings with German officials in Berlin. He has derided US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, criticized American intervention in Syria — while saying nothing about Iran’s own military operations in that country — and taken advantage of the partial introduction of Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban”, denying entry to the US to refugees and some citizens of six mainly-Muslim countries:

There have been some signs of European distancing from the US, at least on the nuclear issue. On Thursday, the UN Security Council reaffirmed Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal and called on all parties to continue adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. While cautioning Iran over its ballistic missile tests and arms deliveries to other countries, European ambassadors also expressed concern about ongoing — and possibly expanding — US sanctions.

See Iran Daily, June 30: UN Calls for Full Implementation of Nuclear Deal

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