Parliament Speaker: US military strike on Syria to deteriorate regional problems

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned against a possible US military strike on Syria, and cautioned that any military intervention will only deteriorate the Muslim country’s internal situation.

“Preparing to launch a military strike on an independent country on the false pretext of using chemical weapons will bear no result other than intensifying the regional problems,” Larijani said in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Masahiko Komura here in Tehran on Sunday.

“Since the onset of the Syrian crisis we have said that its problems should be resolved through national dialogue and accordingly we have opposed export of weapons and terrorists from different regional and transregional countries to Syria in a bid to reinvigorate democracy,” he added.

The Japanese prime minister’s special envoy, for his part, said that the Syrian crisis will be resolved by identifying those who used chemical weapons against the Syrians and continuation of national dialogue in the Muslim country.

In relevant development, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned against any possible US military strike on Syria, and called for a global condemnation of any foreign-led aggression against the Muslim country.

“As regards regional issues, the criterion should be international laws and any foreign intervention, specially military action contradicting international regulations, will lead the region to instability, hence it is necessary that unilateral military actions be condemned and chastised,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with the visiting Special Envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister, Masahiko Komura, here in Tehran yesterday.

The call for military action against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the Syrian government of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false flag operation.

This week, a video has emerged of an opposition rebel militant in Syria apparently confessing to using chemical weapons in order to follow Osama Bin Laden’s mantra of killing women and children. The individual in the clip, Nadeem Baloosh, is a member of an insurgent group called Riyadh Al Abdeen, which is active in the Latakia area of Syria. Meantime, a dozen former US military and intelligence officials told the US President, Barack Obama, in a letter sent to the media this weekend that they are picking up information that proves Syrian government was not responsible for the chemical attack near Damascus on August 21.

“We regret to inform you that some of our former co-workers are telling us, categorically, that contrary to the claims of your administration, the most reliable intelligence shows that Bashar al-Assad was NOT responsible for the chemical incident that killed and injured Syrian civilians on August 21, and that British intelligence officials also know this. In writing this brief report, we choose to assume that you have not been fully informed because your advisers decided to afford you the opportunity for what is commonly known as ‘plausible denial’,” they said in their warning letter to Obama.

By Fars News Agency


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