Iran Says It Won’t Allow Israel To Threaten Regional Security

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Thursday that Tehran would not allow Israel to threaten the security of the region.

In a joint press conference with his visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Abdollahian said that they talked about some of the “Zionist regime’s increasing bullying in the region.”

“Undoubtedly, Iran and the regional countries will take all necessary measures to prevent Israel from intimidating its security and progress,” he said.

Abdollahian said he and Lavrov also discussed the most important issues of bilateral relations and current development in the regional and international aspects.

Regarding stalled Vienna talks, Abdollahian expressed Iran’s readiness to resume negotiation in hope of reaching a possible agreement in the near future.

In his part, Lavrov said trade volume between Iran and Russia reached $4 billion last year and stressed the need for more tangible steps to further enhance cooperation in areas of energy, transportation, agriculture, finance, and customs.

“It is our obligation to expand our bilateral relations in the wake of sanctions imposed on Moscow and Tehran by the US and its allies,” Lavrov said.

Commenting about Vienna talks to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Lavrov accused the US of violating international law by withdrawing from the deal in 2018.

“We need to revive the JCPOA in the same format it was in 2015 without any amendments,” Lavrov said, and demanded that “all illegal sanctions” against Iran that are in violation of the JCPOA, must be lifted.”

Lavrov also expressed readiness to work with the Persian Gulf region for the sake of peace and stability in the region.  

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