Iran’s latest strikes on Kurdish opposition bases in northern Iraq necessary to protect borders: Kanaani

ISNA – Iranian Students’ News Agency

Mon / 21 November 2022 / 14:26

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani stressed that Tehran has practically shown that it is committed to the negotiation table to reach a good and stable agreement.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Kanaani said, “Such an allegation that Iran had been tying negotiations to the Ukraine’s war or the cold winter in Europe is nothing but media speculation and we don’t confirm it”.

“What caused the suspension in negotiations to lift the sanctions is the lack of political will on the other side, especially the American side,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Kanaani emphasized that Iran’s latest strikes on Kurdish opposition bases in northern Iraq were necessary to protect the country’s borders.

“Iran has acted to protect its borders and security of its citizens based on its legal rights. The government in Baghdad and the Erbil-based administration of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region have failed to implement purported commitments to prevent threats against Iran from Iraqi areas,” he added.

“In the past month, Iranian and Iraqi officials have discussed the issue in Tehran and Baghdad. Iran has demanded that Iraqi Kurdistan should not be a location for exporting weapons to Iran by Iraqi-based the separatist groups,” the spokesman went on to say.

“Unfortunately the expectations by Iran have not been realized so far and as a result, the Islamic Republic takes action based on its legal rights to protect the security of its borders and citizens,” said Kananni.

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