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Iranian official: US cause of escalation of insecurity, terrorism in Middle East

London, Aug 4, IRNA-Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, said on Thursday the United States adventurism is the reason behind escalation of insecurity and terrorism in the Middle East.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 4 News of the British television, Larijani added that the war in Lebanon is not a war between Iran and the US, but a war between the US and all Islamic nations.

"There is no doubt that the Americans have a role to play in this adventure," he said when asked by Jon Snow whether the Israel-Lebanon crisis was a proxy war.

Referring to the so-called US initiative to create a new Middle East, he said that the US is following some "reactionary adventures and tendencies in the region."

Asked whether Iran has a responsibility to engage with Israel and the international community, Larijani replied that "we have a sense of responsibility and we feel responsible when it comes to international relations and we have tried to create security in the region." He noted that in the last 27 years Iran has never acted aggressively against any of its neighbors but has suffered at the hands of the Americans in different ways either directly or indirectly or militarily.

"The problem with the US is not an emotional problem. The problem is related to the behavior of Americans. Americans should change their views," he said when asked about direct negotiation with Israel and the United States.

Asked about worsening situation and probability of a civil war in Iraq as well as the role of Iran in supporting the Shiites, Larijani said the issue of Iraq is not an issue of Sunnis and Shiites.

"Iran has been a refuge for Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni leaders of Iraq during the rein of Saddam Hussein. We were against the occupation of Iraq because we incurred the most damage from Saddam."

He noted that the problem of terrorism and insecurity has eightened since Americans went to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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