Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has once again condemned US policy in the Middle East, claiming implausibly that confronting terrorism is the core of the Tehran regime’s foreign policy, despite its support of Hezbollah and a number of other regional terror groups.
In a speech delivered at a press conference held on Saturday, October 8 and broadcast on Iranian state TV, Zarif said, “Iran pursues its policy in the Middle East region regardless of the rhetoric raised by others. Of course, at a good time, after the words in Trump’s statements, it is almost predictable what he will say, and Iran will give an appropriate answer, but the reality is that our region has long been suffering from America’s false politics. Stabilization and confronting terrorism and Takfirism has been the centerpiece of Iran, and Iran will continue this policy.”
In related news, Iranian regime officials have threatened a “decisive response” to the United States if Washington implements the CATSA – Countering America’s Enemies through Sanctions – Act, which is set to impose sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and Russia, and will include a clause naming Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity if it is passed into law.
The US Senate overwhelmingly approved the first reading of the CATSA Act on Thursday, June 15, 2017, with broad support from both parties; the act aims to force Iran to pay for its “continued support for terrorism.”
President Trump is due to announce his decision on his policy regarding Iran this weekend, with some suggesting that the IRGC will be designated a terrorist entity and that modifications will be made to the 2015 nuclear deal agreed by Trump’s predecessor Barrack Obama. Analysts have predicted that Trump will introduce a comprehensive US strategy to counter Iran’s regional influence and end its support for terrorism.