Misguided US Policies Behind Mideast Instability

Misguided US Policies Behind Mideast InstabilityMisguided US Policies Behind Mideast Instability

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations said US policies on the Middle East are a major factor contributing to the instability of the region.  

"Americans accuse us of destabilizing the Middle East, while Iran is the most stable country in the region and is ready to cooperate with neighbors to help maintain the stability [of the region], because our stability depends on that of the region," Gholamali Khoshroo said.

In a conference on the recent nuclear deal with major powers hosted by Allameh Tabataba'i University in Tehran on Sunday, Khoshroo said the US misguided approach has resulted in the growth of extremism, ISNA reported.    

After the conclusion of the nuclear agreement, US officials have often described Iran as a force behind regional conflicts.

US President Barack Obama, in a recent letter addressed to Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, said the US will maintain economic pressure on Iran and keep military options open even if the deal goes ahead due to what he called Iran's destabilizing regional role.   

On the ongoing disputes between US officials on the July 14 agreement, Khoshroo said, "This infighting is not about the deal, but about Iran's status after the deal. Opponents claim Obama has entered negotiations from a position of weakness."

The envoy explained that the US had attempted to undermine Iran through a pressure campaign under the pretext of its nuclear activities and then orchestrate the overthrow of its ruling system, but Iran turned threats into opportunities, so they found out they will not gain anything through confronting Iran.

"It took about 10 years to lay the foundations for Iran's nuclear program, and 10 years to bring it out of a conflict."  

"I think we need another 10 years to fully establish it and take the nuclear dossier off the agenda of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors. We should not think by entering the implementation phase of the deal, we will reach everything we want," the ambassador stressed.