Worst situation in Mideast since WWII

TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) – Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Fri. the current chaotic situation in the region has never been this much dire since World War II.

Ali Larijani made the remarks among people of Qom on Friday, adding “today, all countries [in the region] expect for Iran are gripped with the scourge of terrorism and this is highly worrisome, as terrorism is not stationary and can target any other place in the world.”

The Parliament speaker went on to add, “fortunately, the Islamic Republic enjoys a good amount of power and alertness in the area of regional security, and our sensitivity for combating terrorism has been a correct move.”

Larijani further highlighted the need for strengthening the country’s security and defense systems as the two fundamental requirements for developing economy.

He also deemed UN chief’s remarks about Iran’s missile activities ‘impetuous’, adding “Ban’s remarks have been inconsiderate since any country needs to defend itself and for doing that, one must prioritize developing its defense system.”

Larijani was referring to Ban’s remarks quoted by Reuters on July 7 as saying that Iran's ballistic missile launches “are not consistent with the constructive spirit” of the JCPOA.

Elsewhere, Larijani noted the Islamic Republic’s support for Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, adding “we have reasons for backing Hezbollah and are not concealing our support, but certain countries are backing terrorist groups such as Al-Nusra Front under covert operations.”

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