Iran slams US military option in Libya


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Amid the growing likelihood of a US military intervention in Libya, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has denounced as “unacceptable” any foreign military move in the North African country.

As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV on Tuesday, Iran strongly condemns the killings of innocent people and military options in any country and calls for an immediate end to such efforts, Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

He added that certain countries, particularly the United States which has always backed dictators, have used “defending the rights of Libyan people” as a pretext for their “military intervention, occupation of the region and establishment of military bases.”

He called on all countries to help meet demands of the Libyan people.

The Iranian spokesperson offered a suggestion to the US and its allies to eradicate the roots of arrogance rather than to continue hatching plots for their military presence in the region.

He further pointed out that the ongoing developments in Middle Eastern and North African countries were a “blow to the interests of certain Western countries and supporters of the Zionist regime.”

Mehmanparast emphasized that the demands of regional nations are based on independence from foreign powers and defiance of the Zionist regime, which is supported by the United States and certain Western countries.

““They are making great efforts to portray that events similar to what is currently taking place in North African and Middle Eastern states will also unravel in independent and influential countries in the region such as the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the spokesman said.

“This is a huge deception in terms of political maneuvering and media ploys employed by Western countries that always claim to defend democracy and human rights,” he stressed.   (*)


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