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Iran urges Turkey to revise policy towards terrorists

Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran called on Ankara to review its policy of supporting terrorism in the region after Russia revealed that the terrorists’ recent chemical attacks in Iraq were carried out with explosives traced to Turkey.

“We have announced many times that using terrorism as a tool in the regional crises is an unfertile policy which will yield reverse results,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

“We have announced many times that we expect our friends and neighbors to view issues with an eye to their strategic dimensions and avoid allowing the terrorist streams which are after creating chaos in the region to succeed because this will run counter to the interests of all the regional nations and governments,” he added.

Jaberi Ansari expressed the hope that a common understanding would be developed by all regional countries for fight against terrorism.

Russia said on Friday that the terrorists operating near the city of Tikrit in North-Central Iraq have been found in possession of chemical weapons that have been sourced from Turkey.

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

“These (explosive) compounds were either manufactured in Turkey or sold there without the right of re-­export,” he said.

The Russian envoy said the discovery had been made following the “analysis of core chemical components of explosive compounds seized from” terrorists near Tikrit, “a subsequent identification of producer companies, and a scrutiny of terms of sales to other countries”.

“Chemical warfare agents are rapidly spreading across the region and are used by terrorists whereas some of the (Security Council) member states are stubbornly seeking to turn a blind eye on that and go on blaming ‘the (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad’s regime’ for everything.”

Russia and China have initiated a draft Security Council resolution obligating the world body’s member states to immediately report to the Council any action by non-government entities aimed at developing, obtaining, possessing, transporting, transferring or using chemical weapons.

Churkin suggested that, as a means of accusing the Syrian government of carrying out chemical attacks, Western countries “are using trumped­-up pretexts to block the Russian-Chinese initiative”.

Damascus surrendered its stockpiles of chemical weapons to a joint mission led by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) following an attack outside the Syrian capital two years ago.

By Fars News Agency

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