Introduction — July 17, 2017
The New York Post makes a critical omission in covering CNN’s interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
In the interview Zarif accused U.S. allies in the region of feeding and fomenting terrorism. According to the Tehran Times he told CNN:
“We know those who attacked the World Trade Center were citizens of which countries in the region – I can tell you none of them came from Iran. None of the people who engaged in acts of terrorism since 2001 came from Iran.
Most of them came from U.S. allies,” Zarif said in an interview with the CNN correspondent Fareed Zakaria.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in September 2016 that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.
“Look at ISIS, look at Nusra, look at Al-Qaeda, look at other terrorist organizations… none of them have anything to do with Iran and all of them receive not only their ideology but their financial assistance, their weapons, their arms from others who call themselves U.S. allies.”
It’s telling that the New York Post makes absolutely no mention of this. Zarif is openly accusing America’s Middle East allies of supporting terrorism. By rights this should be headline news but the following New York Post report on the interview makes ABSOLUTELY NO MENTION of Zarif’s allegations. None whatsoever.
Instead the New York Post focused on the nuclear deal with Iran without any reference to Zarif’s claim about 9/11 and America’s allies support for terror. Ed.
Marisa Schultz — New York Post July 16, 2017
Iran’s top diplomat Sunday accused President Trump of violating the international nuclear deal.
“The United States has failed to implement its part of the bargain,” Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
He pointed to Trump’s recent meetings in Germany with world leaders as evidence of the US violating the two-year-old deal.
“President Trump used his presence in Hamburg during the G-20 meeting, in order to dissuade leaders from other countries to engage in business with Iran. That is violation of not the spirit but of the letter of the JCPOA, of the nuclear deal,” Zarif said.
“I believe the United States needs to bring itself into compliance with its party of the obligation under the deal.”
Trump campaigned on ripping up the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by President Obama’s administration. But Trump’s team is expected to certify as soon as Monday that Iran is in compliance with the deal, according to the Washington Post. It’s part of the routine certification required every 90 days.
Zarif said Iran has held up its part of the deal as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“The IAEA has verified, I believe, seven times now since the implementation date that Iran has implemented the deal faithfully, fully and completely,” Zarif said. “Unfortunately we cannot make the same statement about the United States.”
Four GOP senators – Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), David Perdue (R-GA), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are urging the Trump Administration to not certify Iran’s compliance with the deal in order to bring back sanctions. Among the points of evidence they cite are German intelligence reports in 2015 and 2016 that Iran tried to procure nuclear and missile technology.
Zarif brushed aside the allegations and said Iran only engages in peaceful nuclear operations as permitted by the deal.
“It is enrichment to engage in peaceful purposes,” Zarif said.
He said naysayers of the deal are just trying to build up fear.
“I think people basically want to engage in scare-mongering,” he said.