Zarif: Iran Expects Compensation for $1 Trillion Damage from US Sanctions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with his British counterpart in the capital Tehran on November 19, 2018. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Jewish Press: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday said that the unilateral sanctions that the United States has imposed on his country have cost the Islamic Republic’s economy more than $1 trillion.

Tehran expects to be fully compensated, he told Iran’s state-run PressTV.

Zarif said that once the U.S. takes action to re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and sanctions are lifted, “compensations must” be discussed, whether they “take the form of reparation, or whether they take the form of investment, or whether they take the form of measures to prevent a repeat of what [former U.S. President Donald] Trump did,” he said, referring to Trump’s withdrawal in 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and stepping up of sanctions.

Zarif argued that the Trump administration had imposed 800 sanctions on all levels of the Iranian economy, saying that all of them would have to be lifted before the U.S. could return to the deal.