US Main Organizer of Terrorists in Middle East, Says Shamkhani

A senior Iranian official says the United States is the main organizer of terrorist groups and the creator of instability and insecurity in the Middle East.

"The experience in Iraq and Syria shows that the US is at the root of organizing terrorists and creating instability and insecurity in these countries and certain reactionary Arab countries have also logistically and financially supported this process," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said in a meeting with Afghan Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami in Tehran on Sunday.

 There are many documents proving that the US and its allies have "shamelessly" attacked the Iraqi and Syrian Arab Army and security forces at different junctures with the purpose of saving terrorists, he added.

The senior Iranian official emphasized that the Takfiri terrorism, backed by certain regional countries, is a serious threat to Muslim nations and countries, saying, "It can be countered only through [improving] cooperation and adopting joint approaches."

In a meeting with Bahrami on Saturday, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the emergence and expansion of DaeshTakfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan was a "very dangerous phenomenon," expressing Tehran's readiness to cooperate with Kabul in the fight against terrorism.

"We regard Daesh as the tool of the US and hegemonic powers to create insecurity in the region. So, the eradication of Daesh is among the policies of the government and Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Hatami said.



We will by no means Bow US bullying, says Velayati

On the other hand, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to the Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told reporters on Saturday, that the United States will suffer the most from its decision to walk out of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Velayati added that by deciding to exit from the historic accord, the United States had “disrespected international regulations and other members of the P5+1 group,” and can no longer be trusted.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran fully protects its independence and will by no means bow to [Washington’s] bullying and we have proved this over the past 40 years,” he said.

Velayati also warned European countries against kowtowing to Washington’s policy on the nuclear deal which he said would harm Europe’s reputation rather than the interests of the Islamic Republic.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has the capability to stand up against Americans’ non-compliance and will boost its regional presence on a daily basis,” Valayati emphasized.