FM Zarif: Miscalculations by superpowers led to disastrous consequences

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said in a virtual lecture that miscalculations carried out by superpowers have led to the disastrous consequences in the world.

He delivered a live lecture named “Characteristics of Transitional Period” through the Instagram social networking service, adding that the miscalculations committed in the process of a new global order, are far more catastrophic than the mistakes that other countries have made.

The live talk is now being broadcast through the Instagram account of the Tehran University’s Faculty of World Studies.

Referring to the US invasion to Iraq as one of the superpowers’ miscalculations, he stated that once the attack was conducted, there was a lot of ambiguity about it but one thing was very clear; that from the very beginning it was obvious that the move would lead to the growth of extremism in the world.

Extremism has been caused by miscalculations, he said, adding that the major problem that has led to the current sad situation is the lack of understanding and the miscalculation that has led to the mistakes of the regional powers and superpowers.

“We have been experiencing the era for 30 years,” the top diplomat said, noting that “we should not predict the time when it will end. It is a long period. The Cold War era lasted about 50 years.

Zarif named “intense competition” as one of the characteristics of the Transitional Period, adding that the competitions have short-term as well as medium-term objectives.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the high-ranking official pointed out that “we cannot have simple presumptions of the facts”.

He went on to note that the presumptions and inflexible thoughts could lead to disasters.

“Today poverty is a global challenge. The results of this are universal and comprehensive. Solving the challenge by one or more states is not possible. The challenges require a global and collective effort,” Zarif underlined.

He further noted that the outbreak of the coronavirus is also a global challenge that could be dealt with a global solution.

Commenting on terrorism and September 11, the Minister termed terrorism as a global challenge.

He added that creating security requires global determination.

“No state alone can create it in the world. The security of each country is regarded as the security of others. That is why the creation of security in the world needs collective effort,” Zarif added.