Speaking to NBC News, Zarif said in an interview with NBC News: “I think Donald Trump misled the US President because he believed the United States had no problem and that “But it was the beginning of the end of the US presence in the region, and we were very close to the war because the US had carried out an aggressive act against Iran.”
He called the operation to eliminate Sardar Suleimani not vicious, but “covered by night with drones when he was on a peacekeeping mission.” According to Zarif, Iran’s response was appropriate.
“We wanted to show the United States that they cannot humiliate Iran and that the actions against Iran will have consequences,” the Iranian foreign minister added.
He expressed the view that the US government and Trump himself lack information and understanding of what is happening in Iran.
“It is important for President Trump to listen to advisers who have a more basic knowledge of the situation in the region, and not newcomers who know nothing about the region,” Zarif said.
It is recalled that in the aftermath of tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United States targeted and assassinated the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard along with Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy chief of the Iraqi al-Shaabi organization near Baghdad airport, on January 3. Iran also launched missile strikes on two US military bases in Iraq on January 8th in an operation called “Martyr Soleimani” to avenge the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassim Suleimani.
US President Donald Trump and the Pentagon initially claimed that the Americans suffered no casualties during the attacks, and CNN said the Americans were aware of the attacks and had taken the necessary measures, but it was later announced that more Hundreds of US troops suffered head injuries and minor injuries as a result of these attacks.