Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the US must be “prepared for consequences” after it tried to stop Iran from selling oil and using the Strait of Hormuz. The US told buyers to stop purchases by May or face sanctions, ending six months of waivers which allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers. Mr Zarif said at an event at the Asia Society in New York: “We believe that Iran will continue to sell its oil.
“We will continue to find buyers for our oil and we will continue to use the Strait of Hormuz as a safe transit passage for the sale of our oil.
“If the United States takes the crazy measure of trying to prevent us from doing that, then it should be prepared for the consequences.”
However, the foreign minister did not give specifics.
Oil prices hit their highest level since November on Tuesday after Washington’s announcement.
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When asked if the US pressure campaign on Tehran was aimed at sparking further negotiations or regime change, Mr Zarif said: “The B team wants regime change at the very least.”
He described the B Team as including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton.
He added: ”It is not a crisis yet, but it is a dangerous situation. Accidents are possible.
“I wouldn’t discount the B team plotting an accident anywhere in the region, particularly as we get closer to the election. We are not there yet.”
However, Mr Zarif suggested possible cooperation with the United States to bring stability to Iraq and Afghanistan, a priority for both Tehran and Washington.
He went on to offer prisoner swaps with Washington.
He said he was willing to swap British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained in Iran since 2016, for an Iranian woman detained in Australia for the past three years on a US extradition request.
Mr Zarif said: “I feel sorry for them, and I have done my best to help.
“But nobody talks about this lady in Australia who gave birth to a child in prison. I put this offering on the table publicly now – exchange them.”