Tehran, Oct 30, IRNA - Iran regrets death of anyone in Iraq either Iraqi national or US troop, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday.
He dismissed US allegation over Iranian complicity in death of US troop in Iraq and said, "US administration is telling lie to American nation."
"Covering up US repeated failure in the region was the objective behind levelling such accusations against Iran," he said addressing second day of the fifteenth International Conference on Central Asia and Caucasus.
He added that US failure was resulted from its wrong policies in the region, particularly in Iraq.
Expressing Tehran regret over "death of anyone in Iraq including the American soldiers," Mottaki criticized US officials for putting the blame on Iran.
"The recent US decision (against Iran) has made it clear that the Americans are not even able to harm us unilaterally," the president said addressing a local gathering.
He was commenting on Washington's latest act against Iran when US officials announced on October 25 that they have unilaterally imposed a package of sanctions against Iran for its peaceful nuclear activities. The sanctions have mostly targeted Iranian banks and companies.
"The Americans think that they can force the Iranian nation to retreat by imposing unilateral economic sanctions and publicizing through some of their internal agents that the sanctions were effective and people faced economic difficulties," President Ahmadinejad added.
However, he stressed, "The people of Iran should know that we have identified the evil hands involved in economic sabotage and will completely cleanse them from the country's economic scene soon."
"We are in a position today that the political and propaganda schemes to stop the Iranian nation have failed and the enemies have realized they are unable to check the progress of the Iranian nation," President Ahmadinejad stressed.
"Americans have implemented the policy for 28 years. Our economic relations and commercial cooperation with the world have however increased more than few years ago," said Mottaki at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Moualem here on Monday.
Moualem said part of the US administration believes they should re-experience the wishes leading to failure. "The US sanction against Iran is not something new," he said.
He said the sanctions have helped Iran over the past 28 years to seek ways of attaining economic independence and taking giant steps in the scientific and technological domains.
He added that Iran has for 50 years been engaged in assembling the basic models of western cars but it has now turned into a major auto maker and a major auto exporter.
"They are of course free to bar their economic centers and companies from doing business with Iran but different states have announced that they would not follow the American policies," he added.
He said the US has taken a "disparate" measure in boycotting cooperation with Iran. "A country with 15 neighbors and good relations worldwide is not one deserving sanctions," he added.
On the US recent stance against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Mottaki said that's the first time that a parliament comes and raises charges against the army of another country.
Mottaki also dismissed the US government's claim that Iran had played a role in the killing of US soldiers in Iraq and said, "That's a false claim raised against Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has had no role in murder of the US troops and is highly regretful of such events. These are like the false information and documents that Mr Colin Powell presented to the US Congress based on which they launched strike on Iraq."
Addressing the American nation, Mottaki said, "Your statesmen are telling lies to you. They do not have any response to fathers, mothers, wives and children of those who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They lost their lives due to wrong policies of the US statesmen. Levelling charges against other countries aimed to cover up such wrong policies."
He said that unfortunately, instead of turning to nuclear realities, the US officials tried to divert public opinion to other issues.
He went on to say that cooperation between Iran and the IAEA clearly shows to the world different aspects of Tehran's peaceful nuclear cooperation. Due to the same reason, foreign ministers of six countries refused in Washington to ratify the US proposals against Iran.
To a question about his refusal to meet his US counterpart on the sidelines of the Sharm al-Sheikh meeting and about possibility of such a meeting in the future, Mottaki said basically, official diplomatic meetings need certain arrangements, which had not been made in Sharm al-Sheikh meeting.
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