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News number: 9101141525

16:32 | 2012-04-12

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Ahmadinejad Warns about West's Plots to Create Rift among Regional States

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned about the US and other western states' plots to sow discord among the regional countries, and said the world's arrogant powers seek to wage a war in the region to increase arms sales.



Addressing a large crowd of the Iranian people in Bandar-e Jask in the Southern province of Hormozgan, President Ahmadinejad said the western countries aim to sow discord among the regional states in order to wage war and sell their weapons at high prices after that.

They also targeted domination of the eastern bloc, including Russia and China, by their military expedition into Afghanistan, said the president.

Their claims over ensuring security in Afghanistan are the downright lie, noted Iran's president.

The Iranian president added they settle military equipment in our region and claim that they have regional interests.

His remarks came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week promoted the idea of deploying a missile shield in the Persian Gulf region at a Persian Gulf-US security forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. US officials have said it is their "priority" to help the six Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) states build "regional missile defense architecture" against Iran.

Washington has been seeking hard to portray Iran as a threat to the regional states, specially the Arab countries on the rims of the Persian Gulf, but many Arab leaders in the region stress that they do not see Iran as a threat.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Wednesday warned that the US-Israeli project for deploying a missile shield in the Persian Gulf impairs security of the region, reiterating that the battery merely serves the security of the Zionist regime.

"The US-Israeli plans like the missile defense shield in the Persian Gulf impairs security of the region and is in line with establishing security of the Zionist regime," Vahidi said, addressing a number of commanders and forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the Southern province of Hormozgan.