“Iran has made an example for history of those who pressured us and we are standing taller than ever, Zarif said, adding, “Iran owes nothing to anyone for its security, as well as technological, and economic progress,” IRNA reported.
“The countries around Iran are either a nuclear power or under the protective umbrella of one, or even more; but none enjoy the security like Iran's,” Zarif added.
Referring to all the petrodollars in the Middle East spent on buying “beautiful weaponry,” Zarif asked, “Which of them are as powerful as Iran? Which of them can proudly say that their security and progress is endogenous?”
“We seek peace and stability for the region. We seek interaction with the whole world. But we don’t need, like certain Persian Gulf states, to run to Camp David as soon as the US frowned at them.”
Zarif is in South Africa at the invitation of his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to take part in the 13th session of Iran-South Africa Joint Economic Commission.
He is to leave Pretoria for Uganda on Tuesday.