August 21, 2019 / 10:19 AM / 25 days ago

Iran's Zarif warns U.S. that Tehran may also act 'unpredictably'

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media during a Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran may act “unpredictably” in response to the United States’ “unpredictable” policies under U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Mutual unpredictability will lead to chaos. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable,” he said in a speech at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

He added: “Gulf Arabs cannot achieve security (in the region) by spending billions of dollars on purchasing Western weapons... No amount of foreign military presence (in the Gulf) can prevent insecurity.”

Reporting by Simon Johnson in Stockholm; Writing by Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; Editing by Toby Chopra

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