From Devil’s mouth: Iran says it is not seeking “hegemony” on Gulf
TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country is neither seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, nor impose “hegemony” on the Gulf region.
Cited by the official news agency, IRNA, on Sunday, the minister said Iran was seeking to attain its “nuclear rights, but we will never seek to make a nuclear bomb … and we will never try to impose hegemony on the region; instead we are trying to establish good ties with states of the region.” “We have joint interests with neighboring states and we consider security and prosperity of the neighboring countries as ours and we suffer from terrorism and extremism in the region,” he added.
Zarif said the “fabricated nuclear crisis has triggered concerns in the region. We have not resolved our problems at expense of interests of the neighboring states we will not bargain with any one at expense of security of the neighboring states.” With respect of the recently-crafted framework work deal with the West over Tehran’s nuclear file, Zarif said all United Nations Security Council resolutions related to this issue “would be immediately repealed, once a final deal has been reached,” ahead of end of June.