Iran Rejects Interference Accusations by Gulf States

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Iran on Wednesday rejected as "baseless" allegations by Gulf Arab states that Tehran is interfering in their internal affairs, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Shifting the regional states' responsibility in regards to their domestic problems is to escape realities on the ground," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

His comments came a day after the six Gulf Cooperation Council states -- Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates-- in a joint statement, said they "reject and denounce" Iran's "continued interference" in their internal affairs.

The GCC statement added that Tehran must "immediately and completely stop these actions and policies that increase regional tension and threaten security and stability".

Relations between the Shiite-dominated Iran and most Sunni-ruled GCC states have been strained since Gulf troops rolled into Bahrain last year to help put down Shiite-led protests.

"Attributing these problems to outside (countries) or using oppressive methods are not a correct way of responding to popular demands," Mehmanparast said, referring to the events in the Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority Bahrain.

The GCC had in its Tuesday statement also condemned Iran's "continued occupation of the three Gulf islands" of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb claimed by both Iran and the United Arab Emirates since 1970s.

Mehmanparast said the UAE's sovereignty over the islands was a "baseless claim" and stressed that the three islands are an "inseparable part of Iran".

The petro-Gulf-Arab states also expressed concern that any accident at Iran's nuclear plant located at the Gulf port city of Bushehr would spread radiation throughout the region.

In reply, Mehmanparast said the power plant has been built to "high-level international standards."

Iran is at odds with the United States and its allies, which accuse the Islamic state of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its atomic work is solely geared for peaceful purposes.

Comments 9
Thumb geha 26 December 2012, 12:11

and Santa Claus is real :)

Missing phillipo 26 December 2012, 12:44

So, the whole world is in the wrong and only Iran is right. What wishful thinking.
By the way, why is it that the GCC being so concerned about occupation in other parts of the Middle East, doesn't make an official complaint to the UN Security Council over the Iran occupastion of the islands in the Gulf?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 26 December 2012, 12:47

"Attributing these problems to outside (countries) or using oppressive methods are not a correct way of responding to popular demands," Mehmanparast said, referring to the events in the Sunni-ruled but Shiite-majority Bahrain

BUT......Syria is a U.S./Zionist/Gulf conspiracy..hahaha what a load of dung.

Missing samiam 26 December 2012, 17:03

you're hilarious resistance--you make up 'facts' to try to fit your story. What do you think of Iran declaring Bahrain as part of Iran? . Influence comes in many ways.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 26 December 2012, 17:21

so if the ruling coalition is pro-us.. it is not a us/zionist conspiracy.. but if it is anti-west.. like Assad it MUST be a conspiracy... 7aboob the major weapons were not in syria till Assad decided to crush the uprising.. now .. HE is getting crushed.

Thumb jcamerican 26 December 2012, 12:54

For the US to have a permanent presence in the Gulf states, the best excuse for it, is Iran. When Iran stops being a threat in the region, the US has no more excuses to be there.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 26 December 2012, 17:24

hahaha minorities are discriminated against in Iran... funny how you never post on an article that mentions those violations of human rights..
and yes.. Iran is the standard to go when providing women with right.. hahaha... go check how many sunnis in balushistan were killed by your Shia idols .. go check how many Bahais are discriminated against.. i am not saying all the shia are like that nor are all the sunnis... but i fail to see how the islamic government in Iran is any different than the saudi one..

Thumb jcamerican 26 December 2012, 19:41

Are you serious arzak? Watch this unbiased video by Rick Steves about Iran.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 27 December 2012, 07:33

???? ok.. i am not saying it does (well did) not have culture and good people.. but again sunnis and bahais are discriminated against.. if you would like me to post you the articles of Irans Islamic Governments discriminatory actions i would be glad to.