Iran is up and against one of the world’s most powerful countries, The United States. It is not going to step down and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent visit to Asia is an indication of that.
Zarif, it is confirmed is heading towards East Asia, his office said, as part of a diplomatic push to win relief from biting US sanctions. The Iranian FM will visit China, Japan, and Malaysia fresh on the heels of a tour of Western European nations, the spokesman Abbas Mousavi has informed the media.
“Bilateral relations and most important regional and international issues are some of the topics our foreign minister will discuss with the aforementioned countries’ officials during the trip,” said Mousavi.
As a popular negotiator, Zarif is popular worldwide and the US levied sanctions of him in order to dissuade him from doing so. America also wishes to target any assets Zarif might hold in America and squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat.
Surprisingly, Zarif has been moving around the globe still with him hailing his visit to France, followed by trips to Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
Zarif has been boasting about his movement on twitter where he mentioned that his meetings have been successful “despite US efforts to destroy diplomacy”.
He was able to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and had interviews with media in Paris as well.
Iran and the United States have been at loggerheads since last year when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from a 2015 deal under which the Islamic republic agreed to rein in its nuclear activities in return for an easing of sanctions.
During his visit to France, Zarif told AFP that he was pleased with the efforts of Macron to defuse the crisis.
Macron has been seeking to roll back some of the US measures imposed as part of Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, which insists its nuclear program is peaceful. French diplomats have raised the idea of US waivers on sanctions affecting Iranian oil exports to India and China, or a new credit line for Tehran that could help the struggling economy.