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Zarif: ’B-Team’ Thirsty for War, Not Diplomacy, With Tehran

Zarif: ’B-Team’ Thirsty for War, Not Diplomacy, With Tehran
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By Staff, Agencies

After US imposed new sanctions on Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Monday hawkish politicians close to US President Donald Trump were thirsty for war rather than diplomacy.

Trump targeted Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials with new US sanctions on Monday, attempting another blow to Iran’s economy after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American spy drone last week.

Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Zarif will be placed under sanctions this week.

“@realDonaldTrump is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of US and the world. But it’s now clear that the #B_Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise diplomacy, and thirst for war,” Zarif tweeted.

The Iranian diplomat has in the past said that a so-called “B-team” including Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.