Iran DM: US tries to create tensions in region

Published January 27th, 2007 - 02:36 GMT

Iranian Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar on Saturday said that the US, in moves to foment or intensify religious and tribal conflicts, plans to make up for its failures in the region.


Addressing staff of his ministry, he said that Washington, in the way Saddam's trial and execution was conducted, made it appear that they were under the control of Shiite Muslims.


Speaking of the raid on the Iranian consulate and consequent arrest of Iranian diplomats in the Iraqi city of Erbil, the US tried to justify its move by claiming "Shiite Iran is responsible for the insecurity in Iraq," the minister added, according to IRNA. He said Washington's moves at fomenting tension between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq and its interference in Lebanese domestic affairs are aimed at creating tensions in the region.


He said he surmised US policymakers base their decisions on a wish to continue their illegitimate presence in the Middle East which would naturally call for plundering of their wealth and resources, creation of tensions and insecurity and waging of wars in on the region.


He called for vigilance and solidarity of Muslim nations and governments.


Mohammad-Najjar said it was his firm belief that security, tranquility, stability and peace can only be realized through urgent withdrawal of foreign forces occupying the region.


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