Iran FM Criticizes U.S., Israel Over Threat of Military Action

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —

Iran’s foreign minister on Monday criticized the United States and Israel for not taking the threat of military action against Tehran off the table following the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The official IRNA news agency quoted Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, as saying the military option remains a very hazardous idea.

“Applying force … is not an option but an unwise and dangerous temptation,” he said. Yet, Zarif added, “there are people who talk about illegal and illegitimate application of force” for their own purposes.

He called the nuclear deal reached last week a “victory of diplomacy over war and violence.”

Zarif did not single out any specific country but his remarks came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the accord imposes no limits on what Washington can do to ensure the security of Israel and U.S. Arab allies.

Carter also said the deal “does nothing to prevent … the U.S. military option.”

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also strongly hinted that military action remains an option.

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