Defense min. warns against US plan to redraw Middle East

TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) – Iran’s Defense Minister Hatami warned on Thu. against the US plan to reshape the geography and borders of the countries in the Middle East region.

Speaking at the 13th Iranian Geography Congress on Thursday in Tehran, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said two key geographical plans are being implemented by the US in the Middle East region.

He named one of the plans as “geographical divisions”, and warned regional countries against compromising to transient benefits as advertised by Washington.

He said the second plan is the enemies’ efforts to upset the current geographical borders in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic of Iran does not see the Sykes–Picot Agreement as a proper model for geographic divisions in the region.

“A redraw of borders will impose 100 more years of war and conflict on the region,” he warned.

He went on to add, “some regional countries, with the assumption that they are closer to the US, naively think that they will be safe from the consequences of redrawing borders, but the enemies, in order to internalize exploitation, need to reduce the size of regional countries.”

He further maintained that the enemies’ pressure to restrict Iran’s missile program is in fact their attempt at laying the groundwork for redrawing borders in the region.

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