TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed his US counterpart, Heather Nauert, for her allegations against the Islamic Republic, saying Washington’s interference in other countries’ internal affairs is “the real threat” to the security of the Middle East.
In remarks released on Wednesday, Qassemi dismissed as “empty and baseless” claims made by Nauert, who said Iran remains “one of the most dangerous threats” to regional stability.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is, of course, more concerned about the security and stability of the region than a country like the US, which is trying to interfere and insecure the region from thousands of kilometers away and affect regional equations in accordance with its strategic interests and objectives,” the Iranian spokesman said.
Qassemi also rejected Nauert’s claim that Iran has violated the “spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stressing that it is the US that has acted contrary to its obligations under the deal over the past two years.
In her weekly press briefing on Tuesday, Nauert said the US believes that “some of the actions that the Iranian government has been involved with undermines that stated goal of regional and international peace and security.”
“Iran remains – and we all know this – one of the most dangerous threats to the United States – not only our interests here, around the world, but also to regional stability,” she claimed.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.
The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly due to US policies.