Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif does not believe US President Donald Trump wants a war with Iran, but he told Reuters News Agency that Trump could be lured into conflict.
"I do not think he wants war," Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday . "But that does not exclude that he is basically lured into one."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's remarks.
Zarif said a so-called "B team", including John Bolton of Trump, a passionate Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could bring Trump into conflict with Tehran.
"Those who have designed the policy that is being pursued do not just want a negotiated solution, but let me make it clear that Iran does not seek confrontation, but rather escapes the defense," he said.
In somewhat cryptic utterances, Zarif also warned of the possibility that humans might try to "plot an accident" that could trigger a wider crisis.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased since the Trump government withdrew from Iran's international nuclear deal last year and imposed sanctions. Earlier this month, the United States was blacklisted by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) (IRGC) Iranian Corps, demanding that buyers of Iranian oil purchases stop or face sanctions by May. A security organization with large holdings It was the first time in the economy that one nation called the military of another country a "terrorist" organization.
Zarif said that Iran is acting "cautiously" in response to a policy deemed dangerous by the US. In one example, he said Iran would still allow US warships to cross the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil artery.
Rules of Engagement
Zarif described the decision on the IRGC as "absurd", but said Iran did not intend to respond militarily, unless the US changed the rules of engagement that the Determine interaction with the Iranian armed forces. The US military has not suggested that it would change its behavior after blacklisting.
"We will exercise caution, but that does not mean that the United States would change the rules of the game or the rules of engagement to deal with it," Zarif said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and a number of high-ranking military commanders threatened to disrupt oil transportation from the Gulf States if Washington tried to strangle Tehran's oil exports.
One-third The Strait of Hormuz connects oil from the ocean worldwide every day, connecting crude oil producers from the Middle East with markets in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond.
Asked if US warships could still drive through the Strait of Hormuz, Zariffa veteran diplomat, foreign minister for more than six years ̵
"If the United States wanted to continue to adhere to the rules of engagement, the rules of the game that cha Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…2934 & lang = en In the communications protocols, the prevailing Despite the fact that we consider the US presence in the Persian Gulf as destabilizing by nature, we will not take any action, "Zarif said. The US has accused Tehran of destabilizing the Middle East and helping support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that started in 2011.
Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian elite Quds Force, the IRGC's overseas group, appeared on the front lines across Syria.
Zarif said Iran will remain "watchful" in Syria and Iraq after investing resources to fight. "And we will not just give up this fight," Zarif said.
"PhD" on sanctions that have been lifted
Zarif, the US-trained architect of the 2015 nuclear deal, was attacked by anti-Western hardliners Iran after Trump resigned from the agreement last year, Tehran signaled that he would be resilient in the face of US sanctions.
"I mean, there are always ways to get around the sanctions, we have a PhD in this field", Zarif
On Monday, the US asked buyers of Iranian oil purchases to stop buying or imposing sanctions by May six months of the waiver that allowed Iran's eight biggest buyers to import most of the limited quantities still available in Asia.
Zarif acknowledged that oil sanctions would harm Iranians, and the government would do anything to sell oil to its citizens.
Asked who else Iran could sell oil for, Zarif said, "If I told you we had won," I can not sell it to them. "