Tehran, February 22, IRNA / Sputnik – In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke about the current situation surrounding the Joint Global Action Plan (GAPA).
Sputnik: Mr. Zarif, you told the Munich Security Conference (CMS) that Iran would respond to any violation of the PAGC.
Could you comment on the current situation surrounding the agreement? Will the European signatories join the United States in an attempt to break the deal? Mohammad Javad Zarif: The international community, with the exception of the Trump administration, Israel and two or three Middle Eastern countries, understands that the PAGC is an international agreement and not a bilateral treaty between Iran and United States. International agreements can not be changed unilaterally by a signatory. If such action becomes a generally accepted standard, it will become difficult to reach agreements. Countries that have signed an agreement with the United States would think of changing it after the change by the US government.
Thus, the situation regarding the PAGC goes beyond the agreement itself since it touches on the international order. An international agreement will never be reached if a country, even if it is a superpower, can neglect its responsibilities and break the agreement. Today, with regard to the interest of the international community in solving various problems, countries will not support the American approach to the PAGC because they share a common interest. On the contrary, they oppose such an approach. It is clear that if the United States decides to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement or break the agreement, they will isolate themselves and become strangers. We see this as an innovative principle, but we should see how European countries resist the US approach to the agreement. They confirm that they will use all available efforts to preserve the agreement. Even in public speeches, European politicians say that, first, they will not agree on a revision of the agreement; secondly, they defend their own interests and agreements within the PAGC. We should see to what extent they will show their political will.
Sputnik: The Iranian authorities have said the country has a plan for a possible unilateral US withdrawal from the deal. What are the possible countermeasures of Iran? Mohammad Javad Zarif: Of course, we do not want to scare anyone. However, we want everyone to think with a clear mind and pay particular attention to decision-making. Unfortunately, the United States has never fulfilled its commitments under the PAGC. If the United States breaks the agreement unilaterally, Iran has measures that will not please the Americans. The scenario depends on American wisdom. I will say one thing – those who possess an intellect should be afraid of the possible measures of Iran.
Sputnik: The US Intelligence and Security Command recently announced that it is starting to develop software that can analyze the emotional color of messages on Russian, Iranian and North Korean social networks and generate answers. corresponding. It is believed that the US military plans to use robots to monitor messages on the social networks of the world and affect their users. You are known as an active Twitter and Instagram user. What do you think of these plans, can the United States affect Iranian Internet users?
Mohammad Javad Zarif: The United States is still trying to use technological progress to carry out their destructive policies. This problem is not an exception. In this case, it is important to pay attention to the optimized use of cyberspace. Social networks have created an ability to break a monopoly of information. The reality is that social networks are destroying the media empires, mostly controlled by the West and the Zionists. It is natural for the United States to use different means to empower the monopoly of information.
That’s why it’s important that people and governments in our countries use the cyberspace of social networks. Of course, this is a good possibility because social networks have managed to break the information monopoly of the West and the Zionists. We should use it in the best way possible over time.
Sputnik: Finally, do you read the Russian media, Sputnik in particular? Mohammad Javad Zarif: Yes, according to my abilities, of course, because I do not know Russian. I receive information from the Russian media thanks to my colleagues who know Russian. However, since Sputnik has an edition in Persian, I read it constantly.