New U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran over their ballistic missile testing are an example of an American “addiction to coercion”, despite improved relations and a historic nuclear deal, according to Iran’s Foreign Minister. On Wednesday Mohammad Javad Zarif said the ballistic program was part of Iran’s right to legitimate self-defense. He said the prospect of restoring US-Iranian diplomatic relations remains “far away” despite the nuclear deal.
His comments come after the US on Sunday imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities involved in his nation’s ballistic missile program. They also come a day after the Obama administration lifted economic penalties against Iran over its nuclear program.