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Leader guidelines helped thwart US-Zionist Iranophobia plot: FM Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses a meeting between Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iranian diplomats (not seen) in Tehran on July 21, 2018. (Photo by IRNA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic has managed to thwart the Iranophobia plot hatched by Israel and the US through relying on the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting between Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian ambassadors, charges d'affaires and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran on Saturday.

"[US President Donald] Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu are making efforts to revive the Iranophobia scheme through cheap shows, but they are currently alone and isolated even among their own allies," the top Iranian diplomat said.

He pointed to numerous attempts by the US to put pressure on the Iranian nation and bully them and said, “We have always told other countries, including US allies, that confronting US bullying should go beyond political commitments and should lead to practical measures with a timeframe.”

Zarif expressed confidence that Iran would be able to overcome problems through unity and coherence and by relying on the Leader's guidelines and public support.

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

The US president also said that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Addressing the Saturday meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said talks with the US were "useless," adding that while negotiations with the Europeans should continue, Iran should not count much on their package of proposals.

“I have long pointed out that it is not possible to count on the words and even the signatures of the Americans, so negotiations with the United States are of no avail," the Leader said.

Also in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet in Tehran on July 15, Ayatollah Khamenei said the European signatories to the nuclear deal must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal.

“Of course the European sides [to the JCPOA] are obligated to provide necessary guarantees with regard to the JCPOA, but the country’s economy must not be tied to this issue,” the Leader emphasized.

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