Zarif: US turned the Middle East into a gunpowder store

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2018-12-08 | Since 5 Month

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at Washington for raising baseless missile allegations against Tehran with the aim of darkening Iran-Europe relations.

"The Americans have made every attempt to disturb relations between Iran and Europe. They are even trying to display the regional issues upside-down in addition to endangering Iran-Europe ties," Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of the second edition of an international gathering of parliament speakers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on fight against terrorism and expansion of inter-regional ties in Tehran on Saturday.

He rapped the US for turning the region into a gunpowder store, and said this huge amount of weapons sold to the regional states by Washington indicates the dangerous policy that the Americans pursue in the region.

"The Americans resort to meaningless allegations to divert attentions from the main dangers threatening the region," Zarif said.

He added that even the European media have reported that the US-made weapons are in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen and the ISIL in Syria, noting, "This is a danger which always threatens us."

Zarif's remarks came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Tehran of testing a missile "capable of carrying nuclear warheads" in violation of Security Council Resolution 2231.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Zarif underlined that the UN Security Council's resolution 2231 does not limit Iran's missile program, saying that his country does not plan to develop atomic warheads.

"It is clear and the Americans, themselves, have also admitted that the nuclear deal and resolution 2231 do not limit Iran's missile activities," Zarif told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

He added that former US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, during the talks on the 2015 nuclear deal, and US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook, two weeks ago, said that resolution 1929 forced Iran to limit its missile program "but resolution 2231 had such a demand from Iran on a special type of missiles".

"Since Iran does not have any plans to develop nuclear weapons, therefore, it does not design its missile program to carry nuclear weapons," Zarif said.

He stressed that Iranian missiles' precision-striking power is a proof that they have been designed only for conventional weapons purposes.

Zarif blasted the US officials, who have withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal, for attempting to find a cover for their violation of undertakings based on the UNSC resolutions, and added, "We saw how the UNSC did not accept to study this baseless claim."

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