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US unilateralism, serious threat to international security: Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says unilateral measures by the United States pose a serious threat to international peace and security.

"The US administration's insistence on unilateral and selfish behavior and measures is regarded as a serious threat to international peace and security," Qassemi said on Monday.

He added that world countries, particularly members of the Group of Seven (G7), which recently attended a summit in Canada, are witnessing clear examples of the US unilateral moves these days.

He emphasized that the US unilateral approaches are not "logical, constructive and based on existing realities."

At the end of their summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 8�9, the leaders of the G7 issued a communique on a variety of issues. They claimed that Iran's ballistic missile program poses a threat to international peace and security and violates the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The G7 leaders also claimed that Iran is destabilizing the region and giving financial support to terrorist groups and said, "We also call upon Iran to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to counter terrorism and achieve political solutions, reconciliation and peace in the region."

Qassemi dismissed the allegations and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has shown that it is concerned about international peace and security more than other countries and even certain G7 countries."

He added that Iran has proved its positive approach by paying a heavy price in its fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups over the past decades.

Iran's constructive and legitimate role in the region, particularly its battle against terrorist groups, guarantees stability of all regional countries and helps promote global peace and security, he said, adding that the spiteful and biased US accusations would have no impact on it.

Qassemi further pointed to the country's legitimate and defensive missile program and said the Iranian government and nation would never be swayed by any political controversies and baseless accusations while they are resolved to defend the country in the face of the enemies' threats.

In order to defend the country and maintain national security, the government and people would never give up Iran's defense doctrine which is based on the development of defensive and deterrent missile capabilities and are not in contradiction to any UN resolution, he pointed out.

In February, a senior Iranian official reiterated the Islamic Republic's legitimate right to use missiles for its defense, saying the country does not need permission from any state to bolster its missile program.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not seek anybody's permission to develop its missile capabilities and will use missiles in any way and quantity it deems necessary, and this is a legitimate right of Iran," Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, told reporters in Tehran.

Source: Press TV

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