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Iran Says U.S. No Longer Has Pretext to Attack Syria

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Iran's deputy foreign minister said Saturday the United States no longer has a pretext to attack Syria, following a deal struck to eliminate that country's chemical weapons.

"The new situation means in fact that any pretext for the United States and certain countries to engage in military action against Syria has been removed," Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

His was the first reaction from Tehran -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- to the ambitious deal, struck between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva.

"We can even talk of a success by the front of the resistance (against Israel)" -- Iran, Syria, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas, Amir-Abdollahian said.

Under the deal, Syria has a week to provide details of its chemical weapons stockpiles, and must give international inspectors unfettered access to them with the goal of removing them by the middle of next year.

The accord will be encapsulated in a U.N. resolution under Chapter VII of the U.N. charter, which allows for the use of force to ensure compliance.

However, Russia is certain to oppose this once diplomacy shifts to the United Nations.

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, but said much remains to be done and warned Damascus to comply, saying in a statement that "the United States remains prepared to act".

Earlier Saturday, General Qassem Soleimani, who heads Iran's elite Quds Force unit, said supporting Syria and the "resistance front" was in Iran's national interest.

Last week, he declared that Tehran will back Syria "until the end".

Comments 2
Missing VINCENT 15 September 2013, 04:17

If Assad gave the orders, then Iran, this great civilization, must have the moral responsibility to take out Assad. Unless of course Iran gave the orders.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 15 September 2013, 07:51

"We can even talk of a success by the front of the resistance (against Israel)" -- Iran, Syria, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian group Hamas, Amir-Abdollahian said.

Yes, another divine victory for the fools, who will gobble this up and repeat like talking parrots.
Akeed ya Abdollahian removing his ONE true deterence is a HUGE victory for Assad, who only a few weeks ago denied having them in first place. Assad; the champion of standing up to the west and insisting that ANY and ALL decisions regarding Syria are made in Syria. Lmfao.