Zarif says US has turned region into a ‘powder keg’

TEHRAN, Dec. 08 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the United States has turned the region into a powder keg indicating their dangerous policies in our region.

“The amount of arms that the US sells to our region is unbelievable, and far from the regional requirement,” Zarif told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the 2nd Speakers’ Conference in Tehran on Friday. Heads of parliaments from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, China, and Russia have gathered here in Tehran in the two-day event to confer on the challenges of terrorism and expansion of inter-regional ties.

This US policy has led to the region’s becoming a powder keg and it has not helped secure regional security and peace, he noted.

This is while Americans are resorting to baseless allegations against others, he said, adding, “we have read in American newspapers that US-made weapons are in the hands of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Daesh in Syria. This is a danger which continuously threatens our region.”

He went on to say that arresting a senior official of a big Chinese company shows the desperation of the United States rather than its power. 

Washington has accused Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou of violating US sanctions against Iran and deceiving banks to do so.

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