Iran accuses US of destabilizing Middle East, spreading extremism

In a statement released Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi criticized the recent remarks made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo and accused the United States of being “the main element behind [the] instability” in the Middle East.
Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif Photo Credit: EPA

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed on Wednesday the comments made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo earlier this week. “The repetition of such cheap accusations is solely aimed at causing [a] rift among Muslim countries and nations in the region,” Qassemi said in a statement, according to the ministry’s website.

Qassemi also accused the United States of destabilizing the Middle East. According to him, the American activity in the Middle East is “what threatens the interests of all regional countries and obstructs the process of ending the crises through dialogue and diplomacy.”

“The US is undoubtedly the main element behind [the] instability and [the] spread of extremism, hostility and terrorism in the Middle East and the world,” Qassemi stated. He then claimed that the people of Iran and “all regional nations” view Washington as an aggressor that has advanced the insecurity in the Middle East.

In an interview with the BBC, Pompeo commented on the missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia by rebels backed by Tehran in Yemen. He said that such actions are “unacceptable” and constitute “acts of war.”

He then spoke out against the Iranian regime and voiced his support for additional anti-government protests across the country: “I hope that they [the Iranians] will rise up and understand that it is not the best interests of their country to send forces to places like Europe as proxies to try and conduct malign activity in Europe when there's so much that can be done to make Iran a better place.”

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