Iran is attempting to thwart a US-North Korea thawing of relations, which could directly affect the Islamic Republic.
By: World Israel News Staff
Iran lashed out against the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore and told North Korea that Trump cannot be trusted.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned North Korea of the US’ “breach of promises on international treaties” as exemplified in its withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal. He advised Pyongyang to enter the negotiations with the US “with full vigilance.”
“Iran’s position on the matter is clear and no change has been made. We [are] eager to see peace, stability and security on the Korean Peninsula, as elsewhere in the world, and welcome all the steps that will contribute to this process as well as the economic development and prosperity of the region,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Regarding Washington’s “behavior, approach and its intentions,” Iran is “highly skeptical” and views these developments “with utter pessimism,” Qassemi said.
“For the time being, we cannot be optimistic about the United States’ behavior, and the government of North Korea must approach this issue with absolute vigilance,” he added.
Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said Tuesday that “we are facing a person who backtracks from his signature as he travels on a plane.”
He was referring to Trump’s recent reneging on understandings agreed upon during the G7 summit last week in response to Canada’s announcement that it will impose tarriffs on US farmers and companies.
“I do not know with whom the North Korean leader is negotiating. This person is not a wise representative for the US,” Nobakht stated.
Iran is closely and fearfully monitoring the developments between Washington and Pyongyang while assuming that the American model of conduct, which employed extreme sanctions to get North Korea to the negotiating table, will be applied to them as well.
Iran is already feeling the financial pressure resulting from the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal last month, as corporations have announced they will cease their activities in the Islamic Republic and have canceled contracts even before the renewed sanctions take effect later this year.