Salehi says at­tack on Syria shows U.S. ‘po­lit­i­cal bankruptcy’

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ali Ak­bar Salehi, di­rec­tor of the Atomic En­ergy Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Iran, said on Mon­day that air raids on Syria show the “po­lit­i­cal bankruptcy” of the United States.

“This at­tack shows the U.S. po­lit­i­cal bankruptcy. The U.S. and cer­tain Euro­pean coun­tries that ac­com­pa­nied the U.S. com­mit­ted crime with­out hav­ing a clear rea­son for what they did,” Salehi told re­porters.

The U.S., Britain and France jointly car­ried out at­tacks on Syria on Satur­day. The at­tack took place one week af­ter a sus­pected chem­i­cal weapons at­tack in the Syr­ian town of Douma near Da­m­as­cus. West­ern coun­tries claimed the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack. Syria re­jected by the claim.

Salehi said the U.S.-led at­tacks were a “fail­ure” for Wash­ing­ton and its al­lies.

Salehi who served as for­eign min­is­ter from 2011 to 2013 also said, “The peo­ple awak­ened and re­al­ized the true iden­tity of the hege­mony”.

It has been re­vealed to the peo­ple that the U.S. politi­cians adopted an “un­wise”, “cruel” and “bru­tal” pol­icy, he added.

On Satur­day, Ay­a­tol­lah Khamenei strongly de­nounced the airstrikes as a “crime”, call­ing the lead­ers of the U.S., Britain and France are “crim­i­nals”.

In a phone con­ver­sa­tion with Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son on Satur­day, Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said that at­tack on Syria was “ob­sti­nate”, “il­le­gal” and “uni­lat­eral”.

Zarif said at­tack on Syria be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the is­sue by in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions is “ques­tion­able”.

In phone talks on Sun­day, the Ira­nian and Rus­sian pres­i­dents said the strikes on Syria can trig­ger a “chaos” in the world.

Rouhani said the at­tacks vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law and if they go unan­swered by in­ter­na­tional bodies, more of such chaos in the world will be con­ceiv­able.

For his part, Putin said fur­ther West­ern mis­sile strikes on Syria would lead to chaos in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, Rus­sian news agen­cies cited the Krem­lin as say­ing.

“Vladimir Putin, in par­tic­u­lar, stressed that if such ac­tions in vi­o­la­tion of the UN Char­ter con­tinue, then it will in­evitably lead to chaos in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions,” RIA news agency quoted the Krem­lin as say­ing in a state­ment.

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