Iran Foreign Minister Lashes Out at Supporters of War in Region

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign minister criticized those countries who have closed their eyes to international law and advocate another war in the region, and warned of the dire security consequences of a possible military confrontation.

Iran Foreign Minister Lashes Out at Supporters of War in Region

During separate telephone conversations on Tuesday evening with foreign ministers of Ireland, Indonesia and the Netherlands, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed supporters of a new military conflict in the region for disregarding the international law.

Over the past days, the US has been pushing for military action on Syria, after foreign-backed opposition forces accused President Bashar al-Assad’s government of carrying out a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21, a charge the Syrian government has strongly denied.

Meanwhile, a number of US allies in the region, namely Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have expressed their support for a plan to open assault on Damascus.

Zarif further said Iran deplores use of chemical weapons, by and against anyone, and warned those who are after starting a new war in the region -- on the pretext that chemical weapons were used in Syria -- of its dire consequences for regional and international security.

The Iranian minister once again emphasized the need for a mere political solution to settle Syria's 2-1/2-year civil war.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro on Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned that foreign military action could lead to a wider regional conflict.


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