Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says allegations Iran is trying to influence the upcoming US presidential election are "nonsense." It is not important who is in the White House, he says, "for us, what is important is how they behave." (Sept. 21)
MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF: After these very difficult years of President Trump, it is important for the United States to send the right signals to Iran that it is willing to end this basically policy of pressure and for the lack of a better world, bullying. It's immaterial for us who sits in the White House. For us, what is important is how they behave. And the United States has behaved extremely irresponsibly, dangerously in the international community.
So it is up to the United States. The United States has to be taken to account. It is up to the United States to prove to the rest of JCPOA participants, particularly to Iran, that it's going to act responsibly, that it's not going to make demands outside the scope of the JCPOA. There are allegations that Iran is engaged in trying to infiltrate the US electoral system. I mean, this is nonsense. For us, it doesn't matter who goes to the White House.
I mean, if we had an interest in victory of one candidate over the other, that argument could be made. But it seems that President Trump is using every opportunity to basically question the results of the US election, which is something of news for all of us, for a president to question his own country's election.