Tehran Says Breaking International Rules is ‘US Habit’


The United States have made a habit of breaking international rules, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Jawad Zarif said during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday.

“Unfortunately, protesting against international rules and laws has become a habit for the US government,” the Iranian foreign policy chief said.

At the meeting, the two ministers discussed, among other things, the situation around the agreement between the P5+1+EU and Iran on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) following the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the deal.

Iran’s top diplomat on Sunday visited Beijing where he stressed the importance of keeping the 2015 Vienna accords on the nuclear program of Iran. The document was signed between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States plus Germany) and the European Union.

“China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, keep communication and cooperation with all parties concerned, and continue to work to maintain the deal,” Xinhua quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying after the meeting with Zarif.

In Moscow, Zarif called on the international community to protect international rules and law. The JCPOA sets the balance of obligations between Iran, Europe and the United States, he said. 

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