Iran Foreign Minister Angrily Responds to Ashton Carter, Declaring Military Option Still on Table

AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski
AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he was upset by comments made by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who declared before his trip to Israel that the recently agreed-upon Iran nuclear deal “does nothing to prevent the military option” against Tehran’s nuclear facilities.

Zarif, through Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), criticized “people [Ashton Carter] discussing the use of illegal force to achieve their aims.”

But the Iranian foreign minister saluted the nuclear accord agreed upon by Tehran and world powers as “a victory for diplomacy over violence and war.”

On Tuesday, Zarif handed over the Iran deal for review to Tehran’s parliament, which has no authority to independently go against the wishes of Iran’s dictator, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has reportedly signed off on the deal.

In declaring victory in the negotiations over Iran’s nuke program, Zarif said:

We have proved to the world that our nuclear facilities will never shut down, and our weapons program and missile technology do not concern anyone regardless of their claimed power; if anything, the US and the west should be held responsible for the happenings in the region.

Like most Iranian regime leaders who have given high-profile speeches this week, Zarif—a Holocaust revisionist—took shots at the State of Israel.

“No time in its history, the despicable Zionist regime has been more isolated among its allies than today,” he proudly declared, according to state-run Mehr News.

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council voted to unanimously approved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 world powers. Monday also marked the beginning of a 60-day review period for the U.S. Congress


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