Addressing the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in India, Zarif said unpleasant developments over the last two weeks were the reflection of US view toward issues.
The United States has never brought peace and stability to the region, and the events in Afghanistan prove this claim, the top diplomat added.
He highlighted that assassination of General Soleimani and increase of tensions in the region are reflection of US’ ignorance and arrogance.
The US assumed that after assassination of a respected commander, people of Iran and Iraq would dance in the streets, he added.
Iranian officials say an estimated number of 25 million Iranians took to the streets for the funeral procession of the assassinated General.
While General Soleimani traveled to Iraq to make the situation calm after killing of 25 members of the Iraqi parliament and armed forces, US accused him of waging war against US, he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif referred to paragraph 123 of the nuclear deal, saying Europeans are independent nations but they did not comply with their commitments.
This is while, Iran has been fully committed to the deal, he said.
He noted that Europeans gave no response to letters from Iran, foreign companies have left Iran meaning that Europeans have violated the JCPOA and let US bully.
Iran is not an issue in the JCPOA but it is a member of the deal, Zarif said adding that accordingly Iran will be ready to reverse to its full compliance if Europeans are committed.
Iran has fully implemented its commitments, he said adding that Europe and the US have breached their commitments under the JCPOA.
They have not implemented eleven commitments namely in banking, financial, trade and plane sectors.
Iran reduced some of its commitments based on the JCPOA articles and after giving enough opportunity to Europeans, he said.
He went on to say that US’ presence in Iraq has no benefit for economy of the country, adding that Iraqis are after expelling US from their country.
Referring to Trump’s threat with regard to targeting cultural centers in Iran as a war crime, Zarif said Iran targeted US’ bases for its self-defense.
The foreign minister said that Iran is an advocate of reducing tension and preventing further weapons of mass destruction in the region.
So, Tehran agrees Moscow on proposal made by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to form a joint security mechanism for the Middle East region, Zarif noted.
“Our region” needs hope for the young generation [to be encouraged] to come back to their homelands, Zarif stressed.
US President Donald Trump confessed that he has spent billions of dollars in the Middle East but gained nothing, Zarif noted.
Zarif also talked about the behavior of the US president, saying that Trump simply violates the international regulations.
Trump says if the Iranian people require food or medicine, they have to do what the US tells them, Zarif added, stressing that the US Secretary of States Mike Pompeo has also repeated such remarks, but he should hire a powerful lawyer.
In a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the US has never been after defending or respecting the interests of the regional countries, adding that Washington is only seeking its own interests in the Middle East as the White House explicitly voiced its decision to steal oil from wells in Syria.
“Today, the Americans’ interference in the affairs of other countries and their attempts to capture Syria’s oil wells have clearly revealed that they have never been concerned about the interests of regional nations and will not be so in the future,” Rouhani added.
He expressed gratitude to the Syrian government and nation for their sympathy with the Iranians over the US assassination in early January of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who is a “great and highly-revered martyr not only among the Iranian people but among all freedom-seeking nations in the region and the entire world.”
Rouhani noted that General Soleimani became a target for Washington because he had supported the oppressed peoples in the region and thwarted plots hatched by the United States and other enemies against the Iranian people.
“We will never forget this big crime of the US and believe that regional nations should not rest until bringing an end to the US military presence in the region and evicting these invaders,” the Iranian president pointed out.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani urged Iranian and Syrian officials to accelerate the implementation of bilateral agreements and reiterated the Islamic Republic’s firm determination to further improve Tehran-Damascus relations.
He emphasized that Iran would keep supporting the oppressed nations in the face of the global arrogance as it has stood by the Syrian government and nation in their fight against terrorism.
Rouhani said Iran, Syria and other countries must continue their cooperation until achieving a final victory over terrorism and expelling foreign occupying forces from Syria and returning Syrian refugees to their homeland.
The Syrian prime minister, for his part, offered his condolences to Iran over the martyrdom of General Soleimani and said his loss was a major disaster for all freedom-seeking nations in the world.
Khamis added that Iran’s missile attack on a US base in Iraq in retaliation for Soleimani’s assassination conveyed a clear message to regional and international nations and countries, and showed the enemies that arrogance has no place in the region any longer.
On Tuesday, Former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohsen Rezayee said the Islamic Resistance Front in the region will not give a break to its activities until a complete US pullout from the region.
“The nations of the Resistance Front have got closer than any time in the past and the activities of the Islamic Resistance Front will go on till the expulsion of American troops and forces from the region,” said Major General Rezayee, on the sidelines of a ceremony for commemorating the hero of anti-terrorism fight in the region, Lieutenant General Mohsen Rezayee, who was brutally assassinated by the terrorist army of the US at Baghdad International Airport on January 03.
The ex-commander highlighted the assassination as a historical turning point that has brought the two nations of Iran and Iraq, once again closer to one another.
He named General Soleimani and Deputy Head of PMF Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as heroes of fighting terrorism and defending Islam and Quran as the common grounds between Iran and Iraq, and added that these commonalities have further solidified the ties between the two nations.
“It proves that Iran-Iraq ties are not based on interference in the internal affairs of one another but on friendship and brotherhood,” he underlined.
General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by US aircraft at Baghdad International Airport last Friday. Pentagon also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi, five Iranian, and five Iraqi militaries.
The strike brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war, with Tehran retaliating by launching missiles at military bases in Iraq housing American troops. On Wednesday, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two American military bases in Iraq in retaliation for Washington’s assassination of Tehran’s elite commander.
Iranian officials branded the airstrike an “act of international terrorism” and promised retaliation. Iran has time and again warned that it will not be the initiator of any war, but reserves the right to self-defense and will give a crushing response to any act of aggression by the United States.