Zarif blasts U.S. sanctions against him as 'diplomatic failure'
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the sanctions imposed on him by Washington as a failure of diplomatic efforts.
"The sanctions against me is a refusal to hold dialogue and Washington’s diplomatic failure," Zarif said at a press conference in Tehran, adding that the U.S. failed to hammer out a coalition on the Strait of Hormuz, while "its allies have no intention of joining them in this endeavor."
The Iranian diplomat stressed that "Iran’s progress and development will be the best response to the policy of US pressure and economic terrorism. No empire is eternal, and we will persevere in this struggle, relying on the Iranian people," ISNA reported.
On July 30, the U.S. administration announced that Washington was introducing sanctions against Zarif. The sanction list means that assets in the U.S. are frozen, while U.S. citizens and companies are banned from engaging in business activities with those on the list.