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Iran's Deputy Top Commander: Agreements with US over Iraq Unacceptable
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri blasted the US for supporting terrorist groups in the region, stressing that agreements with Washington on Iraq are "unacceptable".

"The US behavior in Iraq and Syria is a clear instance of contradictions and blatant deceits because it supports the terrorists on one hand, and launches anti-terrorism coalitions on the other hand," Jazzayeri said on Wednesday.

"Any agreement with the deceitful US administration is unacceptable and one shouldn’t play in the White House court of double-cross games to meet the Americans' illegitimate interests," he added.

Stressing that Iraq and Syria have been through hard days and can continue their present path and defend their independence and territorial integrity without the support of others, General Jazzayeri underlined that no one is entitled to decide for the legal governments and people of the two Arab states and the countries which have united against the American terrorism should increase cooperation with each other.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, General Jazzayeri blasted US Secretary of Defense James Mattis' claims about "regime change" in Iran, and said Tehran is determined to expel all foreign military forces from the region.

Iran is determined to push out all foreign forces from the Middle-East region, General Jazzayeri said.

"They frequently repeat their childish wishes about Iran, while the Islamic Republic of Iran within the framework of its principled and defined policies is determined to push out foreigners from the Middle East region continually with no doubt or hesitation," he said.

"The US ridiculous dreams for toppling Iran’s government are nothing but illusions and Iran holds no worries in this regard," General Jazzayeri stressed.

A country which is totally dependent on its people and its revolutionary society would never yield to propaganda or enemies’ artilleries or tanks, he said.

Iranian FM: Regional Nations Deprived of Natural Wealth by Foreign Occupation, War
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed regret that war and occupation imposed by foreign states have deprived the regional nations of their own natural wealth and resources, saying that the rise of terrorist groups have also added fuel to this fire.

Zarif made the remarks in New York on Tuesday, addressing the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017.

"At the outset, I would like to thank the President of the ECOSOC and his team for organizing this high-level meeting. We have come a long way in combating poverty. Nonetheless, poverty continues to be the greatest challenge of our time, a real threat to humanity and a major obstacle towards sustainable development," he said.

"Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, a strong legal and legislative framework has been created, providing a solid platform for planning, implementation and follow-up of national development strategies and policies, particularly for poverty eradication. Significant achievements have been made despite external challenges ranging from Saddam’s aggression to US sanctions," Zarif added.

Noting that Voluntary National Reports provide an opportunity to share our best practices, experiences and achievements in the fields of building a resilient economy, as well as poverty eradication, social justice, food security, expansion of basic services including healthcare, education and sanitation for all, empowerment of women and girls, technology and innovation, and protection of the environment, natural resources and biological diversity, he said, "One noteworthy example is Iran’s attempts to successfully restore Urumie Lake in northwest of the country."

"Our experience, similar to others, signifies the importance of an external conducive environment. Provision of means of implementation is a vital factor, and developed countries are expected to fulfill their commitments on provision of financial resources, transfer of technology, and capacity building, without politicizing this process. The United Nations has a pivotal role in enhancing cooperation and partnership at the international and regional levels," Zarif underlined.

Expressing regret that West Asia continues to be affected by major wars and domestic conflicts, dragging millions of people into abject poverty, he said, "Addressing poverty, as one of the consequences as well as causes of insecurity, is thus a vital requirement for regional stability and prosperity."

"Foreign occupation, wars, conflicts and interventionist policies of external powers have stripped the citizens of the region of not only their wealth and natural resources but also their dignity and freedom. Exploiting the existing despair, extremist terrorists with their Takfiri ideology, and supported by outside and regional players, have infested our region and the world with unspeakable atrocities. Situations in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen are the worst examples of unfolding humanitarian catastrophes. How are we going to leave no one behind under such miserable conditions," Zarif asked.

"In conclusion, I would like to underscore that common development challenges also present us with opportunities for cooperation. We are eager to engage with partners who are willing to cooperate in addressing our common and immediate challenges, including poverty eradication and the protection of the environment. President Rouhani's policy of constructive engagement has already led to the defusing of an unnecessary global crisis through the conclusion of the historic nuclear deal. Such an outstanding success for diplomacy and multilateralism promises new horizons for dialogue, understanding, mutual respect and cooperation in other fields including at the regional level," he underscored.

Zarif left Tehran for New York on Thursday to participate in the HLPF 2017.

“On the sidelines of the meeting, Foreign Minister Zarif will meet with thinkers, officials and world figures from different countries,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday.

Zarif also addressed the Council on Foreign Relations (CRF) on July 17 in the presence of CRF’s President Richard Haas.

Iran Preparing to Stand against US Terrorism in Region
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian legislators plan to require the Judiciary to seize the properties of those US military and intelligence officials who support the terrorist groups in the region and the government to take reciprocal actions against Washington's hostile moves and sanctions.

In a single-urgency bill approved by the Parliament, the lawmakers blasted the US administration and military and intelligence authorities' support for the terrorist groups in the region, warning that they would call on the Judiciary to confiscate their properties. The parliament warned to put the bill into motion if the US approves new sanctions against Iran.

The legislature would call on the government to take reciprocal measures in proportion to the US hostile acts in cooperation with the Supreme National Security Council and report the results to the parliament. It would also increase the budget for the General Staff of the Armed Forces to develop missile activities and the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps to expand anti-terrorism campaign in the region.

It is wrong to see this just as a reciprocal move in response to the new sanctions against Iran:

Incredibly, after nearly six years of war, the US government continues to fund terrorist groups that, far from being moderate, often subscribe to a Wahhabi ideology long funded and propagated by the Persian Gulf State tyranny Saudi Arabia. The US role in not only turning a blind eye to ISIL’s takeover of vast swaths of northern Syria but also exacerbating the refugee crisis by its callous treatment of refugees in the Mediterranean is often under-reported or perhaps given the severe media crackdown the White House regime initiated after the failed regime change attempt - intentionally overlooked by Western reporters who cover the Syrian conflict from the Persian Gulf.

By now, it should hardly need saying that this is a wakeup call for the international civil society. It should encourage other nations and international human rights groups and agencies to get on board, to come up with similar measures that could help force the US government to put an end to the counterproductive, unaccountable, and immoral CIA “train and equip” program in Syria - for the all-inclusive club of Al-Qaeda, Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board also known as the Al-Nusra Front or Fateh al-Sham Front), ISIL, affiliates, associates, and adherents, and in the form of salaries, light arms and ammunition, and large quantities of anti-tank missiles.

Even top US officials agree that the United States needs to do more than wag its finger at “moderate rebel groups” for comingling with Al-Qaeda-aligned Salafist terrorists. For instance, State Department spokesperson John Kirby has already expressed concerns that US-backed Syrian opposition factions such as Ahrar al-Sham have been cohabitating with the Nusra Front. However, Washington has doggedly resisted calls to add the Al-Qaeda collaborators to the UN terrorist list - claiming it would damage the ceasefire. It’s an unwitting US admission about who is really leading the so-called Syrian rebellion and who is really arming various terrorist groups.

The European Union deserves some share of the blame for the current mess as well, triggered by a savage war during which war crimes were routinely committed by Washington, its client states and terrorist associates. Instead of acting to alleviate the suffering through a combination of diplomacy, aid, and generous offers of resettlement, some European Union member states like France and Britain merely have settled on a strategy of antagonizing Tehran and Moscow, which they know full well that are at the forefront of the War on Terror in Iraq and Syria.

These are just some of the unfortunate measures taken by the United States and its cronies in Syria and beyond. The regime changers have also doubled down on their gambit and military adventure in Yemen, where even senior commanders at Central Command, speaking on condition of anonymity, have admitted that the US-backed, Saudi-led invasion “was a bad idea.”

Military sources say a number of regional special forces officers and officers at US Special Operations Command have similarly argued strenuously against supporting the Saudi-led war on the poorest country in the Arab world. They say the target of the invasion, the Ansarullah resistance movement - which has taken over much of Yemen and which Riyadh accuses of being a proxy for Tehran - has been an effective counter to Al-Qaeda and ISIL in the Arabian Peninsula.

Long story short, Iran has picked up on this debate - just like the rest of the international civil society. Iran notes that it is in favor of the Ansarullah resistance movement and the Syrian government, as they have been successful in rolling back ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and their affiliates in Yemen and the Levant - something that thousands of US airstrikes, missile attacks, large numbers of ground troops, and a dozen dodgy allies had failed to accomplish.

Iran further notes that despite the American-Zionist-Wahhabi shenanigans, it has gained international credibility, particularly in Europe, from supporting Iraq’s successful fight against ISIL in Mosul amid US sanctions and restrictions. The West now accepts and perceives favorably Iran’s role in fighting terrorism in Iraq and Syria, with no intension whatsoever to endorse Washington’s counterproductive sanctions and false allegations. This yet confirms the final argument: It is because of Iran’s active role in fighting terrorism that ISIL and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria are nearing the end of their lives.

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