US must learn lessons from consecutive defeats in Mideast: Iran

Iran Foreign Ministry has lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for making fresh remarks against the Islamic Republic, urging the United States to learn lessons from its consecutive defeats in the Middle East.


"The US must learn lessons from the defeat of its numerous warmongering policies in the region over the past decades and know that the Islamic Republic of Iran does not value such US threats and will not be swayed by them," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

He added that American officials think that they can achieve their "illegitimate" goals, which are nothing but spreading insecurity in the region and creating new tensions among regional countries, by taking actions in violation of international principles and the United Nations Charter.

"This is while the warmongers in Washington are ignorant of the fact that Iran will strongly continue its principled and strategic policy, which is based on peaceful interaction and coexistence with neighbors," Qassemi pointed out.

He emphasized that Iran through its vigilance and wisdom would not allow US officials to fulfill their spiteful dreams.

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, Pompeo said the US withdrawal from Syria is merely a "tactical change" that will not alter its military capacity to fight Daesh terrorist group or Iran.

Last month, US President Donald Trump made an abrupt announcement to withdraw about 2,000 American troops from Syria, claiming that Washington had accomplished its goal of defeating Daesh. 

Speaking on Thursday at a joint press conference in Cairo, Egypt, with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry, the US secretary of state vowed that President Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria will go ahead despite criticism from some US and Arab officials.

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw our troops has been made. We will do that,” Pompeo said.

Iran's security chief said earlier this month that the US has been forced to leave Syria, because it has suffered a strategic defeat there and that Washington will ultimately have no choice but to leave the whole region.

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