Iran reserves right to defend security in face of attacks from anywhere: Foreign Ministry spokesman
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has hailed the recent strikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, saying the Islamic Republic reserves the right to defend its national security in the face of any act of aggression originating in any territory.
“As warned before, the Islamic Republic of Iran, based on international law and the provisions of the United Nations Charter, reserves the right to defend its national security against any act of aggression coming out from any territory,” Nasser Kan'ani said in a statement on Friday.
He denounced Western countries’ statements and positions regarding the Iranian armed forces' attacks on bases of terrorists in Iraq’s northern region of Kurdistan. Kan’ani said these groups have conducted acts of terror against Iran and fueled domestic unrest in the country.
The Iranian official said such countries as the United States and Germany issued unilateral statements while at the same time violating their international responsibilities in fighting terrorism. Those states, he said, display "selective and discriminatory" behavior and ignore their own meddlesome acts and violation of the sovereignty of other countries.
Kan'ani also said Iran has repeatedly called on officials in the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government to “prevent the activities of separatist and terrorist elements and groups that are working against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Iran has always expressed its strong objection to the Kurdistan region's hosting of anti-Iran terrorist groups and their movements against the Islamic Republic, he stated. Iran would never tolerate any threat stemming from the proximity of its border areas, the official added.
Kan’ani once again expressed Iran's firm determination to comply with its international commitments in order to "prevent and effectively fight terrorism."
Earlier in the day, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned the US forces against cooperation with anti-Iran terrorists in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, saying Tehran would retaliate against any hostile action against Iranian drones.