FM Spox:

US ill-conceived policies root cause of tensions in region

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TEHRAN, Mar. 12 (MNA) – The Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed the head of the US Central Command’s biased and anti-Iran remarks, saying Washington's wrong policies are the root causes of instability and tensions in the region.

Incendiarism and current tensions in the region are due to the wrong behavior and interventionist policies of American statesmen, said Bahram Ghasemi, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman on Saturday.

“US mistakes are the product of over-demanding and lack of a clear understanding of the strategic and sensitive status of the Middle East region and the unwavering American support for the Zionist regime,” he noted.

He said allegations leveled by the US official against the Islamic Republic are merely an attempt to divert attention away from Washington’s role in the creation of terrorist groups.

Ghasemi added that the history of US presence in the historical and cultural region is full of irrational and abusive behavior which are the main source of formation of Takfiri terrorism and extremism.

Pointing to the bitter background of US wrong policies against the people of the Persian Gulf especially Iranians over the past decade, Ghasemi said US is the biggest exporter and supplier of advanced weapons and military equipment to certain governments in the region and as such plays a significant and prominent role in the escalation of tensions, crises, warmongering, insecurity and political turmoil in some West Asian countries, the consequences of which can be clearly seen, monitored and judged by all the world.

Claiming that Iran’s influence is the most significant threat to Middle East security, the Head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that Iran “aspires to be a regional hegemon and its forces and proxies oppose US interests in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza and Syria, and seek to hinder achievement of US objectives in Afghanistan and some Central Asian States.”

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