US not able to confront brave children of Iran in diplomacy: Araghchi

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – “US sanction on FM Zarif proved that the country is not powerful enough to confront Iran’s brave children in political and diplomatic arenas,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi.

“Zarif is [the master of] Iran’s strong language of diplomacy and the country’s powerful representative at international arena,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Friday.

“Nothing will stop Iran from improving its national interests,” he added.

The administration of US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Zarif on Wednesday, saying in its statement that Zarif is Iran's "primary spokesperson around the world," and that the ban "is sending a clear message that Iran's "recent behavior is completely unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, the European Union said Thursday it regrets the US decision to impose sanctions against Iran’s foreign minister and vowed to continue working with him.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the US administration’s move to impose sanction on Zarif, director of Iran’s diplomacy, and sees the measure as a clear sign of the US administration’s frustration, said the MFA's statement on Thursday.

The new US sanction reveals its administration’s fear and weakness vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran’s smart diplomacy which is based upon logic, the statement added.

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