Thursday Aug 21, 201408:00 AM GMT
Zionists’ Iranophobia campaign foiled: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic has foiled plots by the Israeli regime and its supporters to portray the country as a global threat.

Zarif told the Iranian state television on Wednesday that through the process of nuclear negotiations with the West, Tehran has thwarted the anti-Iran campaign spearheaded by Israel and its allies.

“It has always been on the agenda of the Zionist regime and its supporters as well as certain parts of the US government and some Western countries to portray Iran as a security threat to the world,” he said.

“They were claiming that Iran wants negotiations for the sake of negotiations and seeks to buy time,” but Iran managed to counter this propaganda campaign by remaining committed to its obligations under an interim nuclear deal it signed with the six world powers, the top Iranian diplomat said.

Zarif said that Iran’s approach toward the nuclear talks made the Americans admit that Iran has delivered on its commitments to the interim nuclear deal that came into effect in January.

Earlier in mid July, US President Barack Obama said Iran had shown commitment to the interim nuclear deal with the six world powers.

Also the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in its monthly report on Wednesday, confirmed Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States - plus Germany clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.

Under the accord, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.

In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend their discussions until November 24 in an effort to achieve a permanent nuclear deal.

The two sides are expected to discuss ways of reaching a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Iran's right to enrich uranium is among the bones of contention between the two sides.

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