Iran has dismissed as “baseless” the recent US allegation that Tehran is undermining regional stability, saying American officials perceive the Islamic Republic’s “wise” policies vis-à-vis the developments in the region as a threat to their meddlesome policies.
“American officials see the independent and sensible policies of Iran… vis-à-vis the global and regional developments as a threat to their meddlesome and profit-oriented policies,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday.
He noted that as one of the most ancient countries in the region, Iran has always regarded regional peace, stability, and security as its own.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the real, serious threat to the regional security, stability and development is the US interference in the affairs of other countries, which is aimed at stoking instability and insecurity” to achieve certain objectives, he added.
This came in response to remarks by US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who on Tuesday accused Iran of undermining stability and security in the Middle East and sponsoring terrorism.
Qassemi also rejected Nauert’s claim that Iran was violating the spirit of the 2015 nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US.
He said that Washington accuses Tehran of violating the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while “the US government has, over the past two years, acted against its obligations under the JCPOA… through tension-provoking measures, decisions and policies,” adding that the US is expected to be committed to the “successful” implementation of the deal based on “goodwill.”
The US has tried, directly or indirectly, to prevent Iran from reaping the benefits of the JCPOA, Qassemi said, adding that Iran has on several occasions brought up the issue at the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, which monitors the implementation of the deal.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad said that the US was violating the spirit of the JCPOA after Washington said it was imposing new economic sanctions against Iran over the Islamic Republic’s missile program.
“It violates the spirit of the deal. We will look at it and see whether it violates the letter of the deal, and we will act accordingly,” Zarif said on Tuesday in an interview with CBS.
Under the JCPOA, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic.