US unlikely to make mistake in Syria: Iran defense minister

Iran Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the United States is unlikely to commit another mistake by attacking Syria following its costly invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I believe that the experiences the US has gained through its invasions of and presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will prevent it from committing another mistake to get bogged down in a third mire in the region,” Dehqan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the State Department on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against civilians in an effort to pave the way for Washington’s military intervention in Syria.

“The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and – despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured – it is undeniable,” Kerry said.

The Iranian minister stated that Washington seeks to take military action against the legal government in Syria in cooperation with certain countries and through dispatching terrorist groups to the crisis-hit country.

“The White House seeks a pretext to mount pressure on Syria through different ways,” Dehqan said.

He ruled out the possibility of any use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction by the Syrian government.

The Iranian minister laid the blame on the United States and foreign-backed terrorist groups for conspiring against the Syrian government.

He said any military action against Syria would endanger regional security and stability.

On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

However, the Syrian government categorically rejected the baseless claim, and announced later that the chemical attack had been actually carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the outbreak of the violence.

By Press TV


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