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Europe is Moving Away From US: Zarif

TEHRAN – Despite the fact that the Iranian authorities have criticized INSTEX, the EU’s financial settlement mechanism tailored to circumvent US sanctions against Tehran, the country’s foreign minister still sees its launch as a positive sign for the countries. Sputnik reported Monday.
The launch of the European payment system, designed to facilitate exchanges with Iran and circumvent US sanctions against Tehran, proves that European citizens have started to move away from the United States, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Javed Zarif said.
INSTEX is not a sufficient response to Iran’s expectations that Europeans will fulfill their obligations, but it shows that US allies [Europe] are starting to move away from it, which will have a long-term impact, reported IRNA.
The minister added that the government of the country must do everything possible in the interest of the Iranian people.
His comments were made three days after the European Union announced that its financial settlement mechanism known as the Instrument for Trade Support, or INSTEX, was designed to allow trade with Iran and circumvent US sanctions had become operational, with the Iranian envoy on the nuclear deal, confirming later that the system was working and that the transactions were already being processed.
For the moment, the trade mechanism extends to food and medicine, which is not affected by restrictive measures adopted by Washington, although Tehran insists that for INSTEX to be fully operational and effective, Iranian oil should also be included.
Speaking to the dramatic escalation of tensions with the United States, the Foreign Minister stressed that Tehran would never bow to Washington’s pressure and that if the US side wanted to resume negotiations, it should be more respectful of Tehran.
“Iran will never give in to pressure from the United States (…) The United States must try to respect Iran … if they want to speak to Iran, they must show respect,” Zarif said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
US President Donald Trump has called for talks with Iran “without preconditions,” while stressing that Tehran should “get rid of hostility” and “talk to us decently.”
“They are bad at the moment, the country is not doing well economically, it can be changed very quickly, very easily, but they have to get rid of the hostility of the leaders.” “And the leaders – I hope they will stay, I hope they do a great job, but they should talk to us in a decent way, we are all for them. ”
Tehran has ruled out any talks, saying Trump should return to the nuclear deal if he wants to talk.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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