Iran warns any war in Mideast ‘would not be limited’ to a single country

August 3, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has warned that any war triggered by the U.S. or the Israeli regime in the Middle East “would not be limited” just to a single county.

The Zionist regime’s military movements and its threats against Lebanon and Syria indicate that Tel Aviv plans to launch new wars in the region, Mottaki told the Al-Alam TV in an interview broadcast Sunday night.
Mottaki warned that any new wars by the Israeli regime and its allies against regional countries “would be a big mistake.”
The top diplomat lashed out at the U.S. and its Western allies for creating rift among regional states, saying, “There are some players outside the region who, in collaboration with the Zionist regime, plan to sow the seeds of discord and create crises and tension in our region.”
Mottaki further touched on the nature of past wars launched by the U.S. and its Western allies in the Middle East, saying they were mostly economically motivated.
“Some wars and conflicts already imposed on our region have been only intended for economic purposes,” Mottaki commented.
Nuclear fuel swap deal
Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed a declaration in Tehran on May 17 under which the Islamic Republic would ship 1200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel rods to power the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.
He also said Tehran wants to determine details of the fuel swap deal with the Vienna Group (the U.S., Russia, France and the IAEA).
“Iran wants to enter talks with the Vienna Group to determine and approve details of fuel swap for Tehran research reactor,” Mottaki said.
Mottaki also referred to Iran’s letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in which Iran had expressed readiness for talks with the Vienna Group. “Mr. Amano has forwarded the letter to other members of the group and it seems that he is arranging the meeting.”
Mottaki added, “Iran is ready to take part in the meeting brokered by Amano.