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Iran's Interior minister: US training terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan

Kuwait City, Oct 25, IRNA - Interior Minister of Iran Mostafa Pour- Mohammadi said on Wednesday that US has established training centers in Afghanistan in the past years to train terrorist forces and dispatched them to other countries including Iran.

"There are enough documents in this regard" Pour-Mohammadi said in a press conference on the sidelines of the fourth meeting of interior ministers of Iraq neighboring countries.

The meeting began with participation of interior ministers of Iran, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait as well as Egypt and Bahrain on Tuesday to discuss the security situation in Iraq.

The Iranian minister added that Washington has also established a terrorist-training school in Iraq.

"Whoever fans the flames of insurgence, will be burned in the same flames," stressed the minister.

Referring to the "destructive role" of the US forces in Afghanistan, Pour-Mohammadi said the illegal drugs production which was 1,000 tons a year before US presence in Afghanistan, has presently mounted to 8,000 tons a year.

Iran to give crushing response to possible attacks

Pour-Mohammadi warned against any possible military attack against Iran, promising that Iran's response would be crushing.

"Any country or power which invades Iran will face a crushing response. We will defend our security and our country in the strongest way in case of any possible military attack," he added.

Asked if US was likely to carry out military action against Iran, Pour-Mohammadi said, "If you ask US authorities, they will tell you that there is a remote possibility for such an action since both US domestic and international status would not allow Washington to invade Iran."

"US is well aware that it might be easy to start such an action against Iran but ending that would not be then in the hands of US officials. Such action will definitely end up in US collapse," Pour-Mohammadi warned.

Stressing that regional states have explicitly voiced their opposition to such an action, the Iranian minister said that "officials of regional countries including Kuwait have decisively announced" that they would not assist any country enjoying hostile attitude toward Iran.

"We are sure that regional states, by no means, would help the enemies of Iran," Pour-Mohammadi added.

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