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Interior Minister says Iraqi anti-Iran statement to appease US

Tehran, Aug 10, IRNA -- Minister of the Interior Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said on Tuesday that anti-Iran statements of certain Iraqi officials indicated the extent to which they are inexperienced.

Addressing a two-day conference of governors general in Mashhad, Mousavi Lari said that the statements toe Washington's hostile attitude toward Iran.

"The Americans thought that they would simply control Iraq after occupation. One year has passed and their dream has turned into a nightmare," Mousavi Lari said.

"The current situation in Iraq and the difficulties created for the Americans prompted certain Iraqi officials to make anti-Iran statements to appease Washington," he said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran holds the view that Iraqi affairs should be handed over to Iraqi people themselves. Iraqi people are mature enough to run their country without the occupation forces," Mousavi Lari said.

Iran, in light of cultural and political affinity, prefers to see Iraqi people establish their favored form of government, he said.

He said that Iran is located on a sensitive geographic position. "Both in the Eastern and the Western borders of Iran, dramatic developments are going on drawing attention of other countries to Iran.

"Accurate assessment of what is going on in the neighborhood and the national mandate to deal with domestic issues would help us take the right decision," the interior minister said.

"Current circumstances has caused political pressure being exerted on Iran for the national nuclear program which has been in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is under regular international inspections," he said.

Certain countries pursue the policy of dissuading Iran from gaining access to nuclear technology, he said.

"Iran is firm in its detente strategy with other countries. The strategy encouraged other countries to respect the stability in Iran leading to growth in foreign investment in this country."

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