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Iranian Foreign Minister`s Video Message

Iran`s Message: There Is A Way Forward

Iranian Foreign Minister`s Video Message


 Iran`s Message: There Is A Way Forward

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif released a video message on behalf of Iranian people, intended for world and Western states. In the message, rendered in English, Arabic, and French, the minister addressed the world saying that there is a path forward; a constructive path, and a movement toward progress in the way to protect the peace, which was not a choice between either confrontation, or compromise.

The text of the video message reads as follows:

 “What is dignity? What is respect? Is there a price tag? Imagine being told that you cannot do what everyone else is doing, what everyone else is allowed to do. Will you back down? Would you relent? Or you would stand your ground.

We are endowed with free will, with ability to determine our own destiny. It is not about stubbornness or refusal to take into account the views of others. Free will is in our being, our DNA. It has been the essence of collective demand of us Iranians for the past century. We have repeatedly joined hands to stand against tyranny, demanding respect for our free will. Iranians are not different from any other people on this planet we share. We expect and demand respect for our dignity.

For us Iranians nuclear energy is not joining the club of nuclear states or threatening others. Nuclear energy is about a leap, a jump towards deciding our own destiny, rather than allowing others to decide for us. For us nuclear energy is about securing the future of our children, about diversifying our economy, about stopping burning our oil and about generating clean power. It is about Iranian nation moving forward as an equal in a new realm, defined by peace, by prosperity, by progress.

What would you do if you were told this is not an option? Would you back down? Rights are not granted, and since they are not granted they cannot be seized. This does not mean that we have hit a dead end. There is a way forward, a constructive path toward determining our destiny, to advance, to make progress to secure peace to go forward.

This past summer our people chose constructive engagement through the ballot box, and through this they gave the world a historical opportunity to change course. To seize this unique opportunity, we need to accept equal footing and choose a path based on mutual respect and recognition of the dignity of all peoples, and more so on the recognition that no power, however strong, cannot determine the fate of others. This is no longer an option.

We all need a sober appreciation of our common destiny, our common challenges and our common opportunities. We also need a conviction that imposition is not sustainable, a conviction that we cannot gain at the expense of others, and a conviction that we either win together or lose together. That balance is key to success, honest dialog and real confidence. This is all dependent on equal footing, mutual respect and common interests but more so on dignity for all. We promise this to our people and to the world. And we always keep our promises. The Iranian people are determined to explore this path. Join us in ending an unnecessary crisis and opening new horizons.


My name is Javad Zarif and this is Iran’s message.”

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