Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Says ‘Isolated’ US Failed to Create Naval Coalition in Gulf


The United States has repeatedly called for creating a maritime coalition in the Gulf to maintain “the freedom of navigation” after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ seizure of a British tanker in the area last month.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stated that the US had failed to create an allied naval coalition in the Persian Gulf.

“The US is standing alone in the world. It cannot create a coalition [in the Gulf]”, Zarif pointed out.

He also described US slapping sanctions on the top Iranian diplomat as failure in diplomacy.

The statement comes after the US Department of Treasury said last week that they imposed sanctions on Zarif, in what Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi suggested had taken place because the US feared the Iranian Foreign Minister’s negotiating skills.



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