US, Israel behind Iranophobia in Middle East

Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi says the US and the Israeli regime are behind the Iranophobia in the region in a bid to scare regional states from the country’s military might.

“The US and the Zionist regime [of Israel] are behind the Iranophobia in the region, but we (Iran) are trying to put an end to [these] anti-Iran rumors,” the Iranian official said Saturday with regards to the concern of some Arab states about Iran’s military might.

He added that in response to any threat by the Zionist regime Iran is completely prepared.

“Iran will not start a possible war with the Zionist regime but will deliver a decisive response to any aggression by the regime,” he added.

These remarks come as earlier this month the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said if Western sanctions against Iran fail to stop its nuclear program, military action against the country must be placed on the agenda.

The United States, Israel and their European allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and used this pretext to sway the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Washington and Tel Aviv have also threatened Tehran with the option of a military strike against its nuclear facilities.

Tehran, however, refutes such allegations as baseless and maintains that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.



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