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Monday, 22 May 2017

US stirring up ‘Iranophobia’ to boost arms sales to Arab nations : Tehran

US President Donald Trump has deliberately accused Tehran of sponsoring extremist groups in the Middle East in order to stir up “Iranophobia” and boost American arms sales in the region, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


“Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president... tried to encourage the countries of the [Middle East] region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said a day after Trump sealed a massive arms deal with Iran’s arch-rival, Saudi Arabia, worth $110 billion.

While in Riyadh, Trump pointed the finger at Iran for spreading instability and unrest across the Middle East while addressing the leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries.

“From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region,” Trump said, according to a White House press release. “For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.”

The tycoon-turned-president also claimed that the Iranian government, which is currently led by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, “speaks openly of mass murder” and vows death to Israel and the US. He also urged America’s Arab allies to isolate Tehran “until the Iranian regime is willing to be a partner for peace.”

Qassemi said Washington was “reinvigorating terrorists in the region by its hostile policies” and “should stop selling arms to dangerous terrorists.”

Iran’s FM spokesman also said the United States and its allies “should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country” that promotes “peace, good neighborliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism.”

Trump doubled down on his criticism of Tehran during his visit to Israel on Monday, insisting that Iran should “never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never, ever,” because he claims the Islamic Republic supports terrorists.

On the other hand, Rouhani said on Monday that regional stability in the Middle East would be impossible to achieve without Iran.

"Who can say regional stability can be restored without Iran? Who can say the region will experience total stability without Iran?" Rouhani said. He also lambasted Trump's address in Riyadh, saying it was a "ceremonial [event] that had no political value and will bear no results."...
  rt.com
22/5/17

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