Iranian speaker: West never able to overthrow Islamic Republic

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that Iran has reached a strong position, power and clout in the region that the western states no more even think of overthrowing the Islamic Republic.

“The westerners can never think of overthrowing Iran. Today the westerners have reached this conclusion that they cannot settle many regional problems without Iran’s partnership,” Larijani said, addressing a ceremony in the Central city of Qom on Thursday.

“Today, the westerners can no more have their past behavior and approach towards Iran thanks to the strategies that Tehran has adopted,” he added.

In relevant remarks in August, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underscored that Tehran has maintained its regional clout after the nuclear agreement.

“The nuclear issue was one of our tools of power (during the negotiations) and we stated that no one can decide for us. We had a source of power in the region” and they wanted to destroy the source but Iran maintained its source of power despite all difficulties in the nuclear talks, Zarif said, addressing a meeting in Tehran.

The Iranian top diplomat said that the country turned into a regional power using new tools of power.

He also warned of enemies’ attempts to spread Iranophobia in the region, and said the only way to thwart such plots is understanding the conditions, preciseness, logic and planning for the future.

Asked about the future of the region after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (nuclear agreement) between Tehran and the world powers, Zarif said, “If we see the JCPOA as an opportunity, it will both pave the ground for us in the region and can be a serious economic opening.”

Iran and the world powers reached a final agreement in Vienna on July 14 to end a 13-year-old nuclear standoff.

By Fars News Agency