US curbs eco­nomic ter­ror­ism: Rouhani

Iran warns West of del­uge of drugs, refugees, at­tacks if it’s weak­ened

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Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani on Satur­day warned of a “del­uge” of drugs, refugees and at­tacks on the West if reim­posed sanc­tions by the US weaken Tehran’s abil­ity to con­tain these is­sues.

“I warn those who im­pose sanc­tions if Iran’s abil­ity to fight drugs and ter­ror­ism are af­fected ... you will not be safe from a del­uge of drugs, asy­lum seek­ers, bombs and ter­ror­ism,” said Rouhani at an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Tehran at­tended by Par­lia­ment Speak­ers of China, Rus­sia, Turkey, Pak­istan and Afghanistan.

“Amer­ica’s op­pres­sive and il­le­gal sanc­tions against Iran is a clear in­stance of ter­ror­ism,” the Pres­i­dent told the se­cond con­fer­ence on “chal­lenges of ter­ror­ism and in­ter-re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity”.

On the side­lines of the con­fer­ence, Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said the US poured weapons into the Mid­dle East much more than what the re­gion needs and turned it into a “pow­der keg”, Ira­nian of­fi­cial news agency

IRNA re­ported.

“The Amer­i­cans have turned the re­gion into a pow­der keg. The amount of weaponry, which is sold on the part of the US is un­be­liev­able and quite a lot in ex­cess of what the re­gion needs. This in­di­cates the very dan­ger­ous pol­icy the Amer­i­cans pur­sue in our re­gion,” said Zarif.

Cit­ing a re­port, Zarif said weapons sup­plied by the US and Bri­tain had “fallen into” the hands of splin­ter groups in Ye­men, “some with links to Al Qaeda and Is­lamic State”. He said the over­sup­ply of the arms had not con­trib­uted to peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion in any man­ner.

Wash­ing­ton, Zarif said, was try­ing to por­tray the re­al­i­ties of the re­gion “up­side down”, re­sort to “mean­ing­less” ac­cu­sa­tions and trou­ble Tehran’s re­la­tions with Europe.

The min­is­ter claimed the US “has be­come iso­lated in the world”. “Wash­ing­ton en­tered (trade) war with China and even ar­rested a se­nior Huawei ex­ec­u­tive that in­di­cate the US frus­tra­tion rather than its power,” he said.

—AFP

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani speaks at the se­cond Speaker’s Con­fer­ence in Tehrnan on Satur­day.

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