US Official: Iranian Regime Wants Iraq to Become a Province of Iran
In an interview with Alhurrha TV, Hook said Rouhani’s visit is not in the best interest of the Iraqi people, adding that Iran does not support the security and sovereignty of Iraq.
“When President Rouhani comes into Iraq, you have to question the motive,” Hook said Monday. “I think what Iran would ultimately like to see happen is Iraq turn into a province of Iran so that they can create a military highway across the northern Middle East that the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps can use to ferry missiles and weapons.”
Hook said Iran is “the last revolutionary regime on earth,” and it is trying to further destabilize the Middle East by reinforcing the sectarian divide.
“The Iranian regime wants to replace a national identity. They want to dissolve it and replace it with a Shi’ite identity. This has been the core of their foreign policy to create sectarian divisions. They want to do that in Iraq, as well.”
The U.S. official’s comments come as Rouhani arrived in Baghdad Monday and met with his counterpart, President Barham Salih, as a part of his three-day state visit to Iraq aimed at bolstering Tehran’s influence and increasing commercial ties with Iraq.
According to Iraqi and Iranian officials, Rouhani and his delegation of 32 business people have signed several preliminary trade deals with Iraqi officials, including a major plan to build a railway linking the neighbors and easing visa restrictions.
“At a time when the United States is seeking to pressure the Iranian nation with its unjust sanctions, we need to develop and deepen our relations to stand against them,” Rouhani said.
Rouhani claimed “world powers” were behind terrorism in the Middle East, adding that “Zionism and those who want to dominate the wealth of the countries of the region” were the root causes of instability. He said his country played a key role in helping Iraq defeat the Islamic State, but more work was needed to achieve regional stability.
Read More: VOA News
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Mar 22, 2019 Comments Off on US Move to Add Quds Force to Terror List
Mar 22, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. warns it can act against people helping Iran evade energy sanctions
Mar 22, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo: Houthis Should Know they Cannot Win in Yemen
Mar 21, 2019 Comments Off on World War 3: Iran issues huge oil threat to US ‘We will CLOSE the Strait of Hormuz’
Mar 23, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Admin to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Iraqi Shiite Militias as Terrorists
Mar 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iran nuclear chief: Construction of nuclear plants going well
Mar 19, 2019 Comments Off on Mike Pompeo returns to Middle East to urge action against Iran with 3 different partners
Mar 16, 2019 Comments Off on 50 IRANIAN DRONES CONDUCT MASSIVE ‘WAY TO JERUSALEM’ EXERCISE
Mar 23, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Admin to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Iraqi Shiite Militias as TerroristsTrump Admin to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Iraqi Shiite Militias as Terrorists Trump Admin to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Iraqi Shiite Militias as Terrorists U.S. President Donald Trump’s...
Mar 22, 2019 Comments Off on US Move to Add Quds Force to Terror ListUS Move to Add Quds Force to Terror List US Move to Add Quds Force to Terror List The US State Department refused to comment on press reports indicating differences within President Donald Trump’s administration on...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...