The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran commented on the statement of Washington on the military scenario of actions against Tehran, calling it long-dusty.
US special representative for Iran Brian Hook previously said that President Donald Trump would never allow Tehran to have nuclear weapons, and Washington is “always considering” a military scenario to prevent this.
Iran has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to acquire nuclear weapons.
“Brian Hook, making futile and baseless attempts to justify (the need) to extend the arms embargo against Iran, simultaneously starts talking about a military scenario (against Iran). This option has been gathering dust on the table of US presidents for many years,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.
He also added that Iran’s military program is exclusively defensive, noting that the real threat to the Middle East is the “destructive and destabilizing” presence of the United States, which is trying to turn the region “into a military base.”
According to Mousavi, Tehran will strengthen its defense capability to ensure its national interests.
In July 2015, Iran and the “six” international negotiators reached an agreement on the settlement of the long-standing problem of the Iranian atom. Months of negotiations concluded with the adoption of a joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), which is completely removed from Iran’s previously imposed economic and financial sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, and EU.
The agreement provided, among other things, that the arms embargo would be lifted from Iran within five years, and arms deliveries would be possible earlier, but only with the permission of the UN Security Council. The deal in its original form did not last three years: in May 2018, the US announced a unilateral withdrawal from it and the restoration of strict sanctions against Tehran. However, since only the US formally withdrew from the deal, the rest of its participants must comply with the condition of lifting the arms embargo.