Iran Rejects Gulf States Interference Accusation

Al Khaleej Times26.12.2011 Iran
Iran Rejects Gulf States Interference Accusation

Iran Rejects Gulf States Interference Accusation

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Iran on Thursday rejected Gulf Arab leaders’ accusation of interference in their affairs, accusing them of parroting “baseless” US charges against Iran while ignoring US “espionage” against Iran.

“In this statement, some fabricated and undocumented claims made by American officials have been pointed to,” the state television website quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying, in reference to US charges of an assassination plot against the Saudi Ambassador in Washington.

“However, it was expected that the US espionage activities against the Islamic Republic of Iran be condemned,” Mehmanparast said.

Earlier this month, Tehran displayed a CIA reconnaissance drone it said it had shot down in Iranian airspace. It later paraded an American-Iranian, it named as Amir Mirzai Hekmati and said was sent to Iran to infiltrate the Intelligence Ministry.

In a closing statement after its annual summit in Riyadh on 20 December, the Gulf Cooperation Council called on Iran to “stop interfering in the internal affairs” of its 6 member states.

Mehmanparast said that Iran “emphasizes good neighborly relations, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations”.

“Violent military response to people not only does not solve problems but will spread instability and insecurity in the region,” he added.

They worsened further when US justice officials announced in October that they had foiled what they said was an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador.

The GCC also called on Iran to “fully cooperate” with the International Atomic Energy Agency and work to resolve regional conflicts “peacefully,” adding that the bloc remained committed to a Middle East “free of weapons of mass destruction.”

Mehmanparast utterly rejected any concerns regarding Tehran’s “peaceful nuclear activities, since they are being conducted within the UN atomic watchdog’s framework.”

Western governments fear Iran’s nuclear program is cover for a push for a weapons capability, an ambition Tehran denies.


Source: Khaleej Times



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