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News number: 9106062810

17:53 | 2012-09-10

Politics

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Iran's Expediency Council: Tehran to Prevent Regional Countries from Falling into US Trap

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran is aware of the US hostile and hypocritical policies in the region, a senior Iranian official said, stressed that Iran is resolved to inform the regional countries of Washington's plots.



Iran's Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezayee, who served as the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) during the 8-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran, said that Iran will completely neutralize the US policies aimed at sowing discord among the regional nations and will try to prevent other countries from falling into the enemies' trap.

"The US seeks to sow discord between Iran and its neighbors," Rezayee said on Monday, adding that Washington is trying to prevent unity among regional countries by resorting to different ploys.

"The US needs an excuse to justify its presence in the region, and therefore creates conflicts and discord among regional countries to ensure its survival," Rezayee added.

He further pointed to upcoming wargames by the US and other 20 countries near Persian Gulf and said, "The US needs an excuse to justify its presence in the region, and thereupon creates conflicts and discord among regional countries to ensure its survival."

The US has announced that it would hold demining drills near the Persian Gulf in cooperation with 20 other countries on September 16-27.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly said that its military prowess does not pose any threats to other countries and that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

Navy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi has, however, warned that should the US attempt the folly of staging an act of aggression in the Persian Gulf, it will cost the lives of all the American forces engaged.