Iran's FM Zarif tells NBCNews that the U.S. and Iran came “close to the brink” of war and tensions remain high following the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Zarif also says Iran can't decipher the black box from a Ukraine plane shot down by Iran without help, but won't hand it over to the U.S. or others.Terms of Service "I'm still the same foreign minister that dealt with John Kerry in a respectable way." Zarif blamed the U.S. administration for triggering the crisis and said that it was up to Trump to pull back. Asked about the risk of an inadvertent war, Zarif said,"Well, the United States hit at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and these are the consequences and we can't control the consequences, nor can the United States. I mean, people are responsible for the consequences of their actions and I think people who initiated this, need to walk back." After Soleimani and the commander of an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq was killed in the U.S. drone strike at Baghdad airport, Iran retaliated on Jan. 8 by firing ballistic missiles at two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. Zarif said the missile assault was meant to send a message. "We wanted to show to the United States that they could not bully Iran. Actions against Iran will have repercussions, but the intention was not to kill anybody," Zarif said."The intention was to send a message, a very clear message to the United States, that if they kill Iranians, we will hit back." No U.S. troops were killed in the attack but the Pentagon said on Monday that more than 100 service members suffered traumatic brain injuries from the missile barrage. The Trump administration said the strike against Soleimani was justified because of what it said was a growing threat posed to U.S. personnel in the region by Iran and its proxies, especially after an American contractor was killed in a rocket attack in northern Iraq that Washington blamed on an Iranian-backed militia. Zarif denied that Iran had control over Shiite militias in Iraq or the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, which Western and Arab governments believe are clearly directed by the Tehran regime. Before Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Quds force was trying to defuse tensions and persuade the militias in Iraq not to take military action, Zarif said. Soleimani was working at"containing people from engaging in actual military operations against anybody," Zarif said."This was his job. This was what he was trying to do, to contain the situation." Zarif also acknowledged that Iran is not able to extract information from the black box from the Ukrainian airliner that was shot down by Iranian forces on Jan. 8, but said that Tehran will not hand over the box to outside governments. Zarif defended Iran's decision not to hand over the black box from the Boeing-manufactured aircraft, which Iran says it shot down. Zarif called the incident a tragedy and noted that most of the 176 passengers killed had Iranian passports and relatives in Iran. Under international aviation rules, Iran had the right to lead the investigation into the downing of the airliner, Zarif said. But he said Iran needed software, cables and additional expertise from the U.S. or other Western countries to be able to decipher the information in the black box. "We have asked for help, why haven't the United States helped us? This is a humanitarian issue. Why haven't they given us the software? Why haven't they given us the expertise?" Zarif said. "There are still a lot of unknowns. That's why we want more than anybody else to know what is in the black box, to know what actually happened." For the moment,"it's just sitting there," Zarif said of the black box. NBC's Engel asked Zarif,"Right now as we're sitting here , nobody is working on it? Nobody's trying to decipher this?" And Zarif answered,"No, no. we will not touch the black box without the presence of all interested parties." In a meeting earlier with Zarif in Munich, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had"impressed upon" Iran's foreign minister that a complete and independent investigation into the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane had to be carried out. Dan De Luce Read more: NBC News
Lol. Yeah sure Sounds like this foolish Iranian is trying to influence our elections. Iran is a very stupid terrorist regime but even those idiots know never to pick a fight with America realDonaldTrump DonaldJTrumpJr seanhannity We have states better armed than the Iranian military. Iran can kick rocks with these empty threats.
Iran attacked Saudi oil lines...Trump did nothing Iran bombed a boat...Trump did nothing Iran shot down a drone...Trump places economic sanctions on Iran Iran sends terrorist leader 2 Iraq Trump authorizes terrorist leader's death. Iran: TRUMP IS BRINGING US TO THE BRINK OF WAR You and the rulers of the United States of America have a common goal and an unwritten agreement that you should not fight and just work and sanction the poor Iranian nation.
I think that the cowardice is in the remote drone strike/killing, rather than diplomacy. We obviously knew where the man was, why didn't we just capture him. If that didn’t push them, nothing will I remember when our mainstream media wouldn’t give a foreign adversary the time of day but nowadays they just push their propaganda for them 🤦🏻♂️
Trump would made a glass resort of their ass!!! с кем ты, шакал воевать собрался?)) As well he should have.
U.S., Iran use go-between to negotiate fate of Americans held in IranDespite military tensions, US and Iran are using Swiss as go-between to negotiate release of Americans held in Iran. - dandeluce
Ya think? Close? It already is for a long time and Zarif can't stand he's no match. Instead he shoots down his own people. What a hero. You’re not tough... sit down. Javad is a very good orator and political puppet. Lived and educated in the US (true story). Very skilled diplomat, it is no wonder his resignation was not accepted.
Now NBC cares more about interviewing and supporting Iran officials then our own ppl? That is low! An eye for an eye the whole world goes blind But Iran decided, on balance, it didn’t want to be annihilated. Wouldn't have been a war dipshits But then they chickened out when they realized realDonaldTrump is not BarackObama and will hammer your corrupt govt!
Iran will strike U.S., Israel if they make the slightest mistake: Iran Guards commanderIran will strike the United States and Israel if they make the slightest mistake... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Blow Iran up already Losers
In Bipartisan Bid to Restrain Trump, Senate Passes Iran War Powers ResolutionSome Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats in voting to curtail President Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran, weeks after a drone strike killed a top Iranian general. Do they have the votes to override? then override the veto. keep overriding all vetoes, you will get there. Thank you timkaine for all your hard work! This is long overdue! Let’s hope expected veto can be overridden. RepealAUMF NoWarWithIran
Iran does not care whether Donald Trump wins the 2020 election'We are not naive,' an Iranian official told Newsweek, expressing skepticism that even a Democratic victory over President Donald Trump would ease tensions between Washington and Tehran. Oh it should. Everyone should.
US Senate votes to restrain Trump on IranThe resolution will head to the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which passed a similar text last month. I’m not concerned about the President attacking Iran. Truly he has an enormous adoration for the Iranian people, so no, I don’t think that will be an issue. What could be problematic is the President tweeting out information about ongoing cases So, I don’t know how the Attorney General will respond to that. But that’s not your concern
How Months of Miscalculation Led the U.S. and Iran to the Brink of WarThe Trump administration escalated pressure on Iran to try to negotiate over its nuclear aims. Instead, Iran fought back with violent attacks. At critical points, each country misjudged the other. Wow Colombian law says that you do not have to fear any resistance with the army and the Venezuelan police, but this is a great threat But there was NO war!!