How to speak to the Islamic Republic

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency:

I have told many western friends that they need a training course on Iranian culture. This language of threats is the language used to animals, and therefore whoever uses it is condemned by us as uncivilised. It is a colonialist mentality. By threatening Iran with the Security Council, with sanctions, with military action, you are just making life more difficult for yourself – it doesn’t work.

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