Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday that the meeting of the European Union, the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council lacked legitimacy, and also condemned the new US sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities on charges of trying to influence the 2020 presidential elections.
In a press interview, Khatibzadeh said that the meeting of the European trio, the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the statement issued by him lack legitimacy and do not deserve a response to them.
He added that Washington is responsible for the situation that the nuclear agreement has reached because of its withdrawal from it and its violation of UN Resolution 2231.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman considered that Washington is trying to create a new crisis by creating a negative atmosphere against Iran, as he put it.
Khatibzadeh indicated that Washington was the one who used nuclear weapons, and that it had a “black history” of interfering in the internal affairs of countries.
In the same context, Khatibzadeh stressed that countries involved in adventures in the region and in the war on Yemen cannot make baseless accusations against Iran.
Yesterday, Thursday, Saudi Arabia hosted a meeting of officials from the European Trio (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) with the US special envoy to Iran Robert Malley, and officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as well as from Egypt and Jordan, where they discussed Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, according to a statement issued by the Saudi Press Agency. US State Department.
Met with the E3 political directors and senior officials from Egypt, Jordan, and the GCC to discuss 2 paths open to Iran: continued nuclear escalation & crisis, or mutual return to the JCPOA, creating opportunities for regional economic & diplomatic ties. Time to choose is short. pic.twitter.com/JybS0sh3uM
— Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley (@USEnvoyIran) November 18, 2021
Denouncing the penalties
Commenting on the new sanctions, the Iranian spokesman said, “Iran condemns the new illegal US sanctions, which are a continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy pursued by (former President Donald) Trump.”
The US Treasury announced the sanctions on Thursday, along with criminal charges against two Iranians it says launched a cyber-disinformation campaign against targeted voters, elected members of Congress and a US media company.
For its part, the US State Department said yesterday that senior US officials discussed with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – during a working group held at the headquarters of the Cooperation Council in Riyadh – building effective diplomatic channels with Iran to prevent, resolve or calm conflicts, supported by strong deterrence and defense cooperation with the United States .
The ministry stated in a statement that it was agreed between the United States and the Gulf states to build strong economic relations after the lifting of sanctions on Iran, and that the Iranian nuclear program is a source of grave concern, and that Iran has a better alternative than the continued escalation, and it can contribute to the stability of the region.