Another lawmaker, Behrouz Nemati, said the foreign minister discussed specific steps Trump and the US Congress might take, and Iran’s plans for reciprocal action to each anticipated US move. Nemati did not say what actions Zarif had described.
Trump is expected this week to “decertify” the landmark 2015 deal under which Iran agreed with global powers to accept curbs on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
Decertification would not by itself withdraw the United States from the agreement, but would pass that decision on to Congress, requiring lawmakers to decide within 60 days whether to re-impose sanctions.
Trump is also expected to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization. Since the Guards have a vast economic empire in Iran, such a declaration could make it more difficult for Iranian businesses to access the international financial system.
Washington has already blacklisted other entities and individuals for supporting Guards’ activities, but has not blacklisted the Guards themselves.
The threat of increased US pressure has been met by a united front of criticism from within Iran, with members of the pragmatic faction that seeks greater interaction with the West showing their support for the hardline Guards.
Iranian newspapers ran photos on Tuesday of Zarif, the urbane, US-educated foreign minister, laughing and hugging the head of the Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari.
During the meeting with Zarif, parliament members expressed their support for the Guards, Hassanpour said. Zarif also noted during the session that European countries will continue backing the nuclear deal regardless of what actions the US may take, Hassanpour told IRNA.