Desperation, failures in Mideast behind UK’s anti-Iran stance: MP

Press TV- A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent remarks by British Prime Minister Theresa May against the Islamic Republic are driven by London’s desperation and setbacks in the Middle East.

“The US and Britain are the founders of the ominous phenomenon of Daesh in the region,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi told IRIB on Monday.

He added that Iran is powerfully fighting terrorism and has a strong military advisory presence in Iraq and Syria to assist in the campaign against terrorists at the request of the two countries’ governments.

The top Iranian legislator said such military advisory presence in Damascus and Baghdad caused great concern among those countries that have created Daesh, including Britain.

The creators of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group were worried about the possibility of losing the “evil leverage” of terrorism, he added.

“Britain must know that we are very serious in countering terrorists and will not allow the US and Britain to use this evil leverage against the interests of regional nations,” Boroujerdi pointed out.

Addressing the US Republican Party lawmakers in Philadelphia on Thursday a day before meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the British prime minister warned about “Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Congress of Tomorrow Republican Member Retreat at Loews Philadelphia Hotel on January 26, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by AFP)

It is a priority for London to push back on “Iran’s aggressive efforts” to increase its “arc of influence from Tehran through to the Mediterranean,” May claimed.

She also offered a tough language on the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including Britain, and said while the deal was “controversial” it had been successful in neutralizing the alleged threat posed by Iran.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China plus Germany – signed the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

Under the nuclear agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The Islamic Republic has always, whether before or after the signing of the nuclear deal, stressed that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.