Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran’s measures to cushion the impact of US sanctions against the country will take US President Donald Trump by “surprise”.
Speaking in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung published in German on Friday, Zarif pointed to the US’ bid to cut Iran’s oil exports down to zero, and said it is still unrealistic to think Washington can exclude Iran from the oil market.
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.
Asked to disclose what those means are, Zarif said, “I will not say that. Trump loves the element of surprise, so we’ll entertain him.”
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…