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Daesh created by US, supported by certain states in region: MP

Beirut, July 22, The terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS) was created by the US and supported by some states in the region, said an Iranian senior member of Parliament.

Daesh was created by the US, and some states in the region have been financing the group and arming it, as the US Republican administration cannot support it directly for fear of the Democrats' objection, the Deputy Head of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Kamal Dehqani Firoozabadi said in a meeting with Lebanese journalists on Friday.

Daesh case is something like Saddam's, who was supported by some regional states, he added.

Noting that Iran is not confronting US directly, Firoozabadi said that Washington is hostile to Iran since Iran is independent and does not obey the US like other countries.

The US imposed a blockade on Iran, accusing us of manufacturing nuclear weapons. That was why Washington under the title of group 5+1 sat to negotiate with us, the Iranian MP added, saying that Iran could pursue its peaceful enrichment program through the nuclear agreement it signed.

Iran and the six major world powers (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security council plus Germany) signed the agreement in 2015.

He reiterated that Iran did not intend to produce such weapons and is pursuing peaceful purposes with the uranium enrichment.

What is stipulated in the nuclear agreement is about prohibition of producing nuclear warheads, while what Iran owns now is the complete circle of manufacturing ballistic and non-ballistic missiles, according to Firoozabadi.

He affirmed that Iran's missile power was not offensive, rather it was aimed at self-defense against any possible attack by the country's enemies, on top of which is the Zionist regime of Israel.

As to the relations with Saudi Arabia, he said that Iran was seeking to have ties with all Muslim countries; Iran is not making troubles, rather it is Saudi Arabia which has made many mistakes in the region.

To a question on Iran's support for Syrian government, he said as long as the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power, we will support their wish.

We say it is not wise that the five major states sit and decide on Syria's future, he added.

If it is accepted today, tomorrow the same may happen to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran; the people of every country are those who must decide on their own fate, Firoozabadi argued.

To a question on some accusations that Iran has become coordinated with the US since the nuclear agreement, he rejected the idea, saying that every country looks after its own interests.

We want Daesh to be eradicated, the same do the US; we believe that security should be established in Afghanistan, and so do the Americans; Nonetheless, the US has its own agenda, and we have ours; the US is after Iraq's oil, but we have our own oil and want to see Iraq a stable, peaceful and democratic country.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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