Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday complained about unfair criticism by radicals of nuclear negotiators, saying that taking a walk with US officials during nuclear talks is nothing new.
In an exclusive interview with IRNA, the top diplomat said by calling for confrontation with the West, the radicals have embarrassed the negotiators.
How do you expect the negotiators to proceed with brainstorming negotiations when they are subject to unfair and illogical criticism?
“I respect the right of everyone to be critical, but I would like to mention two points. First, critics should make sure that their criticism is not detrimental to the national interests; they should keep in mind that the negotiating team are representing the Islamic Republic of Iran and believe in safeguarding national interests. They do not seek to cross the red lines. Second, the negotiators have been put through a difficult period by illogical and unfair criticism,’ Zarif said.
He recalled the remarks of the Supreme Leader who said the negotiators have withstood the enemies to defend our national interests just like an army division.
Zarif urged radical members of parliament to put national interests ahead of partisan interests and focus on fair criticism rather than finding fault with negotiators.