Iran refutes military solution for Yemeni crisis
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 6
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
Those who talk of military operations in Yemen against the defenseless people have not yet realized that there is no military solution to the Yemeni crisis, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
He expressed pity that regional and trans-regional countries overlook political approaches to the Yemeni crisis and resort to military operations, Fars news agency reported Oct. 6.
Iran has frequently condemned a Saudi-led campaign that has carried out many airstrikes in Yemen. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Ansarullah (Houthi) group but Tehran denies the accusation.
In another part of his remarks, Zarif also pointed to his meetings in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and said the implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and removal of sanctions were discussed with Western sides.
"It is necessary that the opposite side is ready to accept its commitments," Zarif said.
In response to a question if he and his American counterpart John Kerry discussed issues other than the nuclear deal, the Iranian foreign minister said his entire discussions concerned the JCPOA.
In the sessions with Kerry, the problems that may arise in implementing the deal were discussed, in particular regarding how the US would act its executive commitments, by the federal government, by the states, and by various organizations of the United States, Zarif pointed out.
Earlier, Iran rejected the media statements that Zarif has discussed ongoing Syria crisis at his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The sides only discussed the nuclear issue, the implementation of the JCPOA, and the procedure of lifting international sanctions against Iran during the meeting, the Islamic Republic's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Oct. 3.
Reportedly the two top diplomats sent their advisers out of the room to meet alone, then left separately without commenting.
Edited by CN