UK calls on Iran not to threaten regional security

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands as army air force and air defense staff salute at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP)
Updated 08 February 2018
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UK calls on Iran not to threaten regional security

PARIS: Britain on Thursday said Iran must avoid actions that threaten regional security.
Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East, said the UK was working with its partners to tackle US concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, Reuters reported.
“We and our European partners are absolutely clear. We want the deal to succeed,” Burt told a Euromoney Iran conference in Paris.
“We don’t want to see the JCPOA (deal with Iran) go down and are working with our European partners to mitigate concerns the United States may have to ensure it continues.
Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by May if certain aspects of the deal are not made tougher.
The US is concerned that Tehran continues to develop its ballistic missiles despite the deal aimed at curbing Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.
Arab Gulf countries have welcomed the US president’s tougher approach to the deal and say that since 2015, Iran has accelerated its aggressive policies in the region, particularly in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.
Iran insisted on Thursday there was no link between its role in the Middle East region and the nuclear deal.
“We have always fought against terrorism. Iran has always played a key role in bringing stability and peace to the region,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Reuters at the economy conference in Paris.


Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

Updated 18 July 2019
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Iranian official in surprise visit to Lebanon

  • Some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security, Abdollahian says

BEIRUT: “Lebanon must be kept out of all regional crises,” said Iran’s Shoura Council assistant speaker for international affairs, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during a surprise visit to Beirut on Wednesday.

“We say at the top of our voice that Iran and its allies will not allow the Zionist entity and the US to damage the region’s security.”

Following his meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Abdollahian said that Tehran “is convinced that the security of Lebanon is the security of the region and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Abdollahian added that “some of the threats made by the Zionist enemy are not in favor of the region’s security.”

He described his talks with Berri as “good and constructive.”

“We will not allow Israel, US to interfere with regional security.”

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s Shoura Council official

Abdollahian said: “We have come today to reaffirm that Iran fully supports the people, army, resistance and government of Lebanon, and we look forward to developing relations between our two countries until they reach the highest levels.”

He said he believes that the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are for “domestic consumption,” accusing him of “making some moves in the region that are not in his favor.”

Netanyahu responded to a message from Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday by threatening Hezbollah during Israel’s Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu said: “Let me be clear that if Hezbollah dares to commit an act of stupidity and attack Israel, we will deal a crushing military blow on Lebanon. But unlike Nasrallah, I do not intend to detail our plans. It would be enough to recall that, for years, Nasrallah dug terror tunnels, and we demolished them within a few days.”