Iran: Regional states should forget illusion of “arms-guaranteed security”

FNA – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani warned the regional states of the West’s plots to coax them into piling up more weapons and military equipment, stressing that arms depots could never maintain their security.

“Certain regional states have stepped away from rational approaches and have used their national capitals to kill their neighbors and produce hatred and violence and have the illusion of achieving arms-guaranteed security,” Shamkhani told reporters after arriving in Russia on Tuesday to participate in a security conference.

“Piling up weapons has never created security, and only reliance on public capacities to decide and strengthen the political structures can establish sustainable security for different countries,” he added.

Shamkhani blasted the western states for their double-standard approach, complaining that they send large amount of weapons to Saudi Arabia to practice genocide in Yemen, and at the same time voice concern for the Syrian people.

In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned the recent raids by Saudi Arabia on civilian targets in various Yemeni cities.

“Attacks on the residential areas and civilian targets and blocking the Yemeni people’s access to international relief agencies and institutions are violations of humanitarian principles and rules,” Qassemi said.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman sympathized with the families of the victims of the violent and inhumane attack, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of dozens of innocent Yemeni citizens, including women and children.

“The escalated bombardment of residential areas proves the desperation and inability of the invaders in achieving their goals,” Qassemi said.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman also blasted some western countries for their “irresponsible” supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Qassemi urged the United Nations and the countries that can play a role in the resolution of the Yemeni crisis to increase their efforts to immediately halt the attacks and to take measures to protect civilians, specially women and children.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Ansarullah movement, which is currently running state affairs.

The military campaign has killed and injured over 600,000 civilians, according to the latest figures released by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.

Several Western countries, the US and the UK in particular, are accused of being complicit in the aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment.