FNA – Former Iranian Foreign Minister Seyed Kamal Kharrazi warned that the US pressures on Iran to surrender to Washington’s demands are also aimed at sowing discord among the European states.
“US President Trump’s objective is not just exerting pressure on Iran but he is pursuing weakening and disintegration of Europe also,” said Kharrazi, who is currently the head of Iran’s Strategic Foreign Relations Council, in a meeting with a number of Italian academics in Tehran on Saturday.
He also referred to the US-sponsored anti-Iran conference due to be held in Poland next month, and said the meeting is also aimed at creating a rift among the EU members.
Kharrazi warned that if Europe gives in to the US pressures, Washington will further become emboldened to exert more pressures, saying that the European states’ interests necessitate them to adopt practical measures to implement the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News that Washington would jointly host a global summit focused on Iran and the Middle East next month in Poland.
The international gathering will take place in Warsaw from February 13 to 14, the US State Department said in a statement.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the anti-Iran conference, describing it as a “desperate circus” that will disgrace the participants.
“Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last US anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever,” Zarif said in a tweet last week.
Zarif also strongly criticized the Polish government for hosting the conference, reminding Warsaw of thousands of Polish refugees saved by Iran during the Second World War.
“Polish Govt. can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus,” he went on to say.
Also, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underlined that the anti-Tehran conference indicated that the US sanctions against Iran had yielded no results.
“Turning sanctions with utmost pressures into seminar and congress means that you are empty-handed,” Shamkhani told reporters in Tehran last Saturday.
His remarks alluded to the US administration’s attempts to put utmost pressures on Iran through sanctions.