Tehran Blasts US for Discouraging Others from Investing in Iran

Bahram Qassemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lashed out at the anti-Iran statements made by US National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster in Munich, saying that such remarks are contrary to the US government’s commitments under the Iran nuclear deal.

In a statement on Saturday, Qassemi censured McMaster’s “irrelevant” statements at the Munich Security Conference, in which he called on the countries of the world not to invest in Iran.

“Disruptions and barriers caused by the US administration in the past few years to deprive Iran of the benefits of the nuclear deal next to repeating such remarks show that they are still pursuing their useless Iranophobic policy, and at the same time prove their failure in achieving their illegitimate goals which are contrary to their international obligations.”

Qassemi also added that the successive defeats of the US administration in various global arenas, especially in recent months, have led them to explicitly proclaim their non-commitment, unreliability, and non-compliance with the international obligations and also their hostile intentions to the world.

The Iranian spokesman underlined that such remarks by the White House National Security Advisor leave no doubt that the United States, as one of the parties to the JCPOA that has pledged not to prevent “successful” implementation of the deal with the “goodwill”, still strives to hurdle the interaction and mutual enjoyment of the international community and Iran from the advantages, opportunities and economic, commercial and investment capacities of the countries of the world and the Islamic Republic.

“Of course, it seems that the willingness of many countries to cooperate with Iran besides the volume of foreign investment in Iran after the nuclear deal have become a source of concern for Washington.”

“We take these statements by this US official as threatening other countries. Such remarks are not only contrary to the US commitments within the framework of the JCPOA, but also are in violation of international laws and regulations by the US government,” he emphasized.

Qassemi’s comments came after McMaster brought a hardline message to global leaders on Saturday in Munich saying the international community must do more to isolate North Korea and Iran.

“The time is now, we think, to act against Iran,” McMaster said. “Let’s do everything we can to cut off funding.”

He made an appeal to NATO members and allies at the Munich Security Conference to look hard at who they are doing business with overseas and cut off funding that indirectly funds Hezbollah.

“When you invest in Iran, you’re investing in the IRGC. And when we look at the biggest trading partners with Iran, we of course see Russia, we see China. But we also see Japan, South Korea and Germany. It’s time to focus business intelligence efforts to figure out who we are really doing business with, and cut off funding.”

   
   

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