Spokesman: Iran Not to Tolerate Meddling in Defense Policies
TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Iran will not tolerate any interference in its defense policies, reiterating that the country's military capabilities are its redline.
Khatibzadeh's remarks came in reaction to the latest statement issued by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) against Iran.
"Iran will not stand any interference in its nuclear, missile, military, and deterrence policies," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.
Khatibzadeh termed the allegations of the PGCC as baseless, adding that the allegations are the result of the lack of regional and trans-regional insight, holding a grudge, as well as the Saudi Arabia's political pressure on the PGCC.
"While the Persian Gulf states were thought to reconsider their approaches to regional issues that have resulted in hostility over the decades some members of the PGCC insist on following the wrong path and resorting to the threadbare Iranophobia project," he said.
Khatibzadeh said that "the Saudi regime promotes hatred and violence in the region by taking hostage the PGCC" and its meetings and imposing its destructive views.
"Sadly some regional countries, despite witnessing the daily crimes of the Zionist regime in the occupied territories and the desire of this regime to heinously infiltrate the Islamic states, have now turned into a gateway of the destructive element of the regime in the region," he underlined.
Khatibzadeh strongly condemned the measures taken by some member-states of the PGCC to support the US regime's economic terrorism against the great people of Iran, describing it as contradictory to the good neighborly policy.
Reiterating Iran's stances, he considered the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf as an integral and eternal part of the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Khatibzadeh stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers any claim on the three islands as interference in its internal affairs and territorial and strongly condemns it.
"All the actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the islands have been taken in line with the inalienable rights and in accordance with the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country," he pointed out.
Iran has repeatedly rejected claims by the United Arab Emirates about the three Iranian islands, saying that they are “inseparable” part of Iran.
International documents clearly show that the three islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Bu Musa which were historically owned by Iran, temporarily fell to British control in 1903. The islands were returned to Iran based on an agreement in 1971 before the UAE was born.
Iran has repeatedly declared that its ownership of the three islands is unquestionable.
Under international law, no state can defy any agreement, which came into being before its establishment.
Yet, the UAE continues to make territorial claims against the Islamic Republic despite historical evidence and international regulations.