Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has stated that India is being bullied by the United States. He was saying this in the context of India’s decision to stop buying oil from Iran since May this year after US imposed sanctions on Iran.
Javad Zarif said he expected India to strongly resist the pressure of the US sanctions. Speaking to Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC) journalists in Tehran, Zarif said, “India is already bullied by the United States because they tell you not to buy oil from us.”
While Zarif admitted that India did not wish to antagonise the US, he said that as the largest democracy it must take care of its interest. He said, “India certainly has taken stance against (US) sanctions. Indians have said they don’t accept any stance other than that of the UN. Of course, we expected our friends to be more resilient vis-a-vis US pressure.”
Zarif likened the US to a “high school bully” saying that they pick up on the weakest in the class. “The more you allow the bully to bully you or others, the more you put yourself in the receiving end,” he said. Read More
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