The Head of the Expediency Discernment Council meeting EU Parliament’s delegation to Tehran blasted the sanctions newly imposed on Iran by the US and said "Americans must answer why they belittle the Europeans’ endorsement.”
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who was speaking with Tarja Cronberg said "In the diplomatic norm, the first condition for political ethics is to abide to agreements. We expect the West, which used to pretend distrust for years, to prove in action in the appointed six month that Western leaders can be trusted.”
He counted the recent US sanctions as a sign of the influence of Zionist lobby and said "The world expected the Obama administration to adhere to the agreements. They hope that the US and others would not repeat such disloyalty.”
He considered the EU and its Parliament as a source for the dissemination of democracy in the West as well as a point to start stronger bonds with Iran, asserting "The vibe of cooperation provided the West with an opportunity to lay aside the language of force in favor of negotiations and to do friendly talk.”
Criticizing Westerns for incongruent words and deeds in regard to human rights, Hashemi said "What justification in terms of human rights is there for a terrorist group whose hands are red with the blood of Iranian people and leaders to have a place in the EU Parliament?”
A number of other issues were also discussed in the EU parliamentary delegation’s meeting with Hashemi that included human rights in Iran, the Syrian crisis, Afghan drugs, and the reopening of the EU headquarters in Tehran.