UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday questioned US plans to build an alliance for a “peaceful solution” in the Middle East and offered a list of his country’s repeated diplomatic initiatives.
“An alliance for a peaceful solution?” Zarif said in a statement on Twitter, listing eight diplomatic initiatives by Iran since 1985, including a 2015 Yemen peace plan and a regional non-aggression pact proposed by the Gulf this year.
The United States said on Thursday it was building an alliance to deter Iran’s threat after an attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his country was seeking to build a “coalition aimed at achieving peace and a peaceful solution.”
In another tweet, Zarif accused the United States of raising the value of oil to people in the Middle East. Official media said he then went to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, which begins next week.
“Arab blood for Arab oil is a fundamental principle of American policy,” Zarif wrote on Twitter. Four years of indiscriminate shelling of Yemen, 100,000 Yemeni dead, 20 million malnourished Yemenis, and 2.3 million cholera cases. This is a blank check for the perpetrators. ”
“Yemen’s retaliatory strike on oil storage units is an unacceptable act of war.” He was referring to the September 14 attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, which Pompeo called “an act of war” against the world’s top oil exporter.
Iran denies involvement in the attack and says it was carried out by Houthi allies in Yemen. The Houthis have already claimed responsibility for the attack.
Iranian state television said Zarif left for New York on Friday after Tehran’s UN mission confirmed the United States had issued two visas to allow President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif to attend the General Assembly.
Zarif warned Trump not to be drawn into a war in the Middle East and said his country’s response to any offensive would be overwhelming.
Pompeo said Trump, who ordered more sanctions against Iran, wanted a peaceful solution to the crisis. Under current US sanctions, Iran is prohibited from exporting its oil.
Pompeo gave no details of the US-proposed alliance.
But Washington has been trying to build a global maritime security alliance since the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.
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