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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says in an exclusive interview with NBC’S Meet that Press that “the United States and the rest of the members of the Security Council have a moral and legal responsibility to put an end” to Israel’s air strikes in Gaza.

“We call for an immediate end to all of these activities,” Zarif told NBC’s David Gregory. Asked if he condemns Hamas for launching rockets into Israel, Zarif responded that “we do not condemn people who are defending themselves.”

“We believe that actions that are putting civilians in jeopardy in Gaza that have placed restrictions on civilians to get access to medicine. To food. Have tried to starve the civilians in Gaza,” he said.

The full interview will air this Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.