Iranian FM Zarif: Risk of war with Israel is great and will be even greater

Iran’s foreign minister accused Israel of looking for war and threatened that its behavior and that of the United States was increasing the chances of a clash in the region.

“Certainly, some people are looking for war … Israel,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Munich Security Conference.

Accusing Israel of violating international law after bombing Iranian weapons in Syria, Zarif also criticized European powers for not calling out Israel and the United States for their behavior in the region.

“The risk (of war) is great. The risk will be even greater if you continue to turn a blind eye to severe violations of international law”.

Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of antisemitism by US vice-president Mike Pence, who, after visiting the Polish death camp of Auschwitz, pointed at the Iranian Nazi-like ambitions.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Pence told world leaders that “the Iranian regime openly advocates another Holocaust and it seeks the means to achieve it.”

Iranian FM Zarif Risk of war with Israel is great and will be even greater

Speaking to Germany’s Der Spiegel, Zarif called Pence’s accusation “laughable” and said: “Iran has always supported the Jews. The Holocaust was a disaster.”

A day after Pence challenged Europe to support US foreign policy and to “stop undermining US sanctions,” Zarif said that Pence “arrogantly demanded that Europe must join the United States in undermining its own security and breaking its obligations.”

Zarif also confirmed that Tehran’s bid to send a satellite into space failed in early February, the second such mishap within two months.

He said the reasons for the failure were not yet clear, but he suggested the authorities will investigate possible sabotage by the United States.