Some powers seek dominance on Mideast: Iran minister

The Iranian defense minister says the ongoing developments in the Middle East are the result of efforts made by certain powers to strengthen their grip on the region.

“They [powers] are seeking to spread threats across the region and prepare the ground for their presence in the region,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in the southern city of Shiraz on Sunday.

He added that the present upheavals in the region have led to the destruction of all financial resources and infrastructure in Muslim countries, noting that “in all such events the hands of the US and Israel can be clearly seen.”

Dehqan said enemies are ramping up pressure on the Islamic Republic to prevent the country from making progress.

Despite the ongoing situation in the region, Iran is a completely safe country and everything is under its control, he said.

Iran negotiates with P5+1 from a position of power

The Iranian defense minister further said Tehran holds negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries about its nuclear program “from a position of power.”

He said the six global powers’ agreement to sit at the negotiating table with Iran indicates the “position, significance and strength of Islamic Iran.”

He added that the enemy pressured Iran by imposing sanctions in an attempt to regain the foothold it lost in the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are seeking to finalize a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.

Iranian deputy foreign ministers, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, sat down with European Union deputy foreign policy chief, Helga Schmid, who represents the P5+1 countries, in Vienna on Sunday for the fifth consecutive day. They ended their talks while experts of the two sides are set to continue discussions about annexes of a possible final agreement.

Iran and its negotiating partners have been working on the text of a final agreement since they reached a mutual understanding on the key parameters of a final deal in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

By Press TV