Tehran Dis­misses Pom­peo’s “Ground­less” Ac­cu­sa­tions

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TEHRAN - For­eign Min­istry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi has re­jected the “ground­less” ac­cu­sa­tions and re­marks made by US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo in the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal of Cairo.

“The United States and par­tic­u­larly, its cur­rent rad­i­cal regime, due to its old hos­til­ity to­wards the Ira­nian na­tion and its op­po­si­tion to all mea­sures adopted by the pre­vi­ous (U.S.) ad­min­is­tra­tion…, is fol­low­ing a path which can­not be ex­pected to bear any ben­e­fit for the U.S.,” Qasemi said in a Fri­day state­ment.

He said the U.S. is fol­low­ing the path un­der the in­flu­ence of no­to­ri­ous and de­feated groups, de­ceived by cer­tain cur­rents and lobby groups.

The cur­rent U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion is des­per­ate and an­gry be­cause it can­not find a re­place­ment for a “com­pre­hen­sive and le­git­i­mate” nu­clear agree­ment it has scrapped uni­lat­er­ally, he said, stress­ing that the JCPOA was a re­sult of ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Qasemi fur­ther crit­i­cized the U.S.’ “para­dox­i­cal” stance on Iran and said Wash­ing­ton has max­i­mized its hos­til­ity to­wards the Ira­nian na­tion while at the same time, it hyp­o­crit­i­cally pre­tends to sup­port ne­go­ti­a­tions with Tehran.

“Mr Pom­peo once again clearly an­nounced the U.S. regime is an en­emy of Iran, and this is noth­ing but hos­til­ity to­wards the Ira­nian na­tion.” “He [Pom­peo] should well know and un­der­stand that we will de­fend our na­tional and strate­gic in­ter­ests against the en­e­mies of Iran and the Ira­nian na­tion with all our power,” he added.

“Iran has al­ways demon­strated that it de­mands peace­ful co­ex­is­tence with its neigh­bors, but the U.S. be­hav­ior shows that it is seek­ing to sow dis­cord and cre­ate new chaos in the re­gion,” he added, high­light­ing the need for re­gional na­tions to re­main vig­i­lant in the face of the US of­fi­cials’ de­ceit and di­vi­sive poli­cies.

Speak­ing at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Cairo on Thurs­day, Pom­peo claimed that Iran is a “com­mon en­emy” of the US and other coun­tries in the re­gion.

“Pres­i­dent Trump has re­versed our will­ful blind­ness to the dan­ger of the [Ira­nian] regime and with­drew from the failed nu­clear deal, with its false prom­ises,” he added.

Mean­while Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif crit­i­cised Poland on Fri­day for jointly host­ing a global sum­mit with the United States fo­cussed on the Mid­dle East, par­tic­u­larly Iran, call­ing it a “des­per­ate anti-Iran cir­cus”.

Ear­lier on Fri­day Wash­ing­ton an­nounced that the sum­mit would be held in War­saw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, and Pom­peo said the meet­ing would fo­cus on sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing on the “im­por­tant el­e­ment of mak­ing sure that Iran is not a desta­bi­liz­ing in­flu­ence.”

“Re­minder to host/par­tic­i­pants of anti-Iran con­fer­ence: those who at­tended last U.S. anti-Iran show are ei­ther dead, dis­graced, or marginal­ized. And Iran is stronger than ever.”

He went on to write that “while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts des­per­ate anti-Iran cir­cus.”

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