Real threat to regional security is US interference in countries’ affairs: Iran

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Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has categorically dismissed the recent US accusations that Tehran has contravened the ‘spirit’ of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“The US spokesperson is accusing Iran of breaching the JCPOA at a time when the US administration has, over the past two years, always acted against its obligations under the deal through its tension-provoking policies, actions, and decisions,” said Qassemi in a statement on Wednesday.

“The violation comes as the obligations stipulated in the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers stress the need for ‘successful’ implementation of the JCPOA based on goodwill,” he went on to say.

“The US has tried, directly or indirectly, to keep Iran from reaping the benefits of the JCPOA. Iran has, time and again, brought up the issue and referred to such US behavior at the Joint JCPOA Commission,” the spokesman said.

He also dismissed as “unfounded” the US accusations that Iran seeks to destabilize the region.

“Iran is the oldest and most ancient country in the region, and the thousands-year-old history of this region is associated with the name of Iran.”

“Due to this association and sense of cultural, historical and geographical belonging, we have always considered regional peace, stability and security as our own, and we believe the development and welfare of Muslim nations is only possible through the establishment of tranquility and security without the interference of trans-regional powers,” he went on to say.

“Iran is more concerned about regional security and stability than the US, which, according to Qassemi, seeks to meddle and trigger insecurity in the Middle East and affect regional equations to serve its own interests and strategic objectives,” Qassemi noted.

He emphasized that all of Iran’s military programs are deterrent and defensive in nature, and pose no threat to any country.

“The US officials consider Iran’s independent and illuminating policies as a threat to their own interventionist, profit-oriented and humiliating policies,” the spokesman said.

“Iran believes that the real threat to security and stability in the Middle East is Washington’s interference in the regional countries’ internal affairs, a policy which is aimed at provoking insecurity and instability with specific objectives,” he added.

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