|Iran dismisses hawkish remarks by U.S. defense secretary||
TEHRAN – The Iranian defense minister has dismissed the recent hawkish remarks by the U.S. defense secretary, saying diplomacy can bear fruit only through rationality and not force or violation of nations’ rights.
“The U.S. defense secretary’s admission that they want to sell more arms to the Persian Gulf states unveils their Iranophobia project and proves that they do not care about the region’s security, rather they are seeking to secure their interests and save their crisis-hit economy,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Sunday.
He also advised the “brotherly” and “friendly” Persian Gulf countries against falling into the trap of the U.S. military’s psychological warfare.
On Saturday, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said in a speech in Bahrain that diplomacy with Iran must be backed up by U.S. military might.
Hagel promised the United States would maintain a 35,000-strong force in the Persian Gulf region, as well as an armada of ships and warplanes, despite the recent nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran.
According to AP, Hagel also opened the door for the U.S. to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to Persian Gulf Arab nations, with an excuse to boost their abilities to counter Iran’s ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.
He warned that with America’s sophisticated weapons, “no target is beyond our reach.”
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