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Iran condemns ‘provocative’ US statements on Iraq’s unrest

By Rudaw 12/9/2018
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi. File photo: Anadolu Agency
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi. File photo: Anadolu Agency
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned as “shocking, provocative, and irresponsible,” a White House statement holding Tehran to account for attacks on US facilities amid unrest in Iraq. 

“The US government is the main cause of instability, unrest, tensions, and divisions in the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement. 

He was reacting to comments from White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders who said on Tuesday that Washington would Tehran responsible for any attacks that injured Americans or damaged US government property in Iraq. 

“Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it as supported with funding, training, and weapons,” she said. 

Six artillery rounds were fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad on Friday, but did not cause any damage or casualties. 

Iran’s consulate in Basra was torched last week by protesters. Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi opened a new facility in the city on Tuesday. 

Ghasemi said the US carries the blame for the unrest because of its support for “groups that have spread and promoted violence and extremism.”

The US must be held accountable, he added, saying Iran’s priority is for a “safe and developed Iraq.”

Washington’s hawkish policy on Iran is part of a foreign policy that is isolating the US globally, argued Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. 

“Today, we are at a clear war against the aggressors of history. Today, a group are lining up against the Iranian nation and don’t have any political and intellectual supporter except a few countries,” Rouhani said at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, ISNA reported. 

America is being abandoned by its allies, he added, describing it as “one of the worst times in the history of the US.”

“Today, the allies of America are not supporting them politically and even America’s traditional allies have distanced from this country and they are proud of this distance, while once they were proud of being with the US,” he said.


Guest | 12/9/2018
Mr. Ghasemi, the world sees your comments for what they are. You sow deceit and discord in order to drive a wedge between groups that are working to make the region a better place. You, and your group's intent, is to dominate the people of the region making them subject to your extortion and suppression of individual liberties. I am glad to see you exposing yourself for what you are.
Gunrash | 12/9/2018
Quit the foreplay and nuke Tehran already!
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 12/9/2018
You want something REALLY provocative? ... "Beware of 50 years from now, when people will pass judgment on the Leader and will say he was a bloodthirsty, brutal and murderous leader." ... The US didn't say that ... Hussein-Ali Montazeri did, in the summer of 1988, specifically referring to Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd ordered the mass executions of some 30,000 political opponents of his regime ... Print that out and nail it (Martin Luther-like) to the door of Ahmadinejad's Jamkaran mosque.
Zero | 13/9/2018
Ok i get a much better impression now. I never knew that those neighbors were such pricks and such hostile towards Kurds. They must be paid a thousand times back the same way. Everywhere on this planet not only where they strive to expand like viruses. It’s the Americans responsibility and their duty.
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