Zarif: Iran’s measures to evade US sanctions will surprise Trump

Zarif: Iran’s measures to evade US sanctions will surprise Trump

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran’s measures to circumvent Washington’s sanctions against the country would surprise US President Donald Trump, Tasnim news agency reported.

It is still unrealistic to think Washington can exclude Iran from the oil market, Zarif told the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung, referring to US’ attempts to cut Iran’s oil exports down to zero.

However, he said, even if all customers of the Iranian crude oil decide to bow to the US pressure, the Islamic Republic has "other means” at its disposal.

 “I will not say that. Trump loves the element of surprise, so we'll entertain him,” Zarif said.

In response to a question on how long Iran will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal under the current circumstances, Zarif said, “That depends on the will of the Iranian nation. There was a vocal minority that was against the deal. But when people become even angrier, it could soon be a majority.”

“Still, according to one survey, 51 percent of people support us in staying in the agreement. But we cannot rule against the will of the people,” he added.

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