Iranian Leader's Aide Blames US for Spreading Tensions Across Globe

Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted the US for the current crisis in Ukraine, and further said Washington has provoked Taiwan against China and may push the island into a war with the mainland.

Velayati made the remarks in an interview with Farhikhtegan daily newspaper published on Saturday.

The senior advisor stated that the United States pushed Ukraine into the conflict with Russia by providing it with weapons and munitions, which stoked the crisis.

Washington has supplied almost $45 billion worth of arms to Ukraine since Russia’s military operation began last year.

Tehran says the war between Russia and Ukraine has been the outcome of the hegemonic policies and excessive demands of the US and its allies, and calls on the architects of the crisis and its supporters to reconsider their wrong attitudes.

Velayati also added that the US opened a new front in Taiwan and stood against China by supporting Taiwan’s independence.

"Taiwan is a very sensitive issue for China. The Americans have provoked Taiwan against China, and they may push Taiwan into a war with China at any time and under any pretext," he cautioned.

Under the One China policy, nearly all countries across the globe recognize Beijing’s sovereignty over Chinese Taipei, including the US, which nevertheless courts the secessionist government in Taipei, supports its anti-China stance, and supplies it with massive amounts of armaments. Furthermore, Washington, which backs Taipei’s secessionist president, also infuriates Beijing by selling weapons to the self-governed island in violation of its own official policy.

China describes Taiwan as the most sensitive and important issue in its relations with the US, and the topic remains a constant source of friction between Beijing and Washington.

Iranian officials have repeatedly reaffirmed Tehran's firm support for the globally-recognized 'One China' Policy toward the island.

Elsewhere, Velayati noted that the US has also created tensions in another part of the world with a “mischievous plot” by branding Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as “dictator”.

"The Americans are keeping nearly 6,000 Daesh fighters in a fortress and will release them whenever they deem necessary," he warned.

Tehran slams Washington's fake advocacy for human rights, and describes the US and American politicians as creators of the notorious Daesh terrorist group.

Since 2011, Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy, as a result of which terror groups emerged in the country.

US forces were first sent to Syria in 2014, beginning with a contingent of special operators followed by more conventional ground troops the next year, most embedded with Kurdish fighters in the country’s oil-rich Northeast. Though then-President Barack Obama maintained the deployment was focused only on combating the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorists, Washington had long intervened in Syria’s war against terror groups, sending and overseeing countless arms shipments to militants seeking to overthrow the government in Damascus.

Though American involvement in the conflict slowed under the next administration, in 2019 President Donald Trump noted some US troops would remain in Syria “for the oil”, openly suggesting Washington would simply “keep” the energy resources. 

Subsequent reporting in 2020 would later reveal that the Trump administration had approved a deal between a US energy firm and Kurdish authorities controlling Northeast Syria to “develop and export the region’s crude oil” – a contract immediately condemned as “illegal” by Damascus. However, while that particular deal would later fall through after President Joe Biden took office, Syrian authorities have continued to accuse Washington of plundering its resources and some 900 US troops remain in the country illegally.

Syria, Iran, Russia and China have repeatedly called on Washington to stop plundering Syria’s national resources and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country, calling on foreign occupation forces and their mercenaries to leave the war-ravaged country.

Tehran has stressed that Washington’s claim of war on terrorism is merely a pretext to continue occupying the Arab country and plundering its wealth, calling on foreign occupation forces and their mercenaries to leave the war-ravaged country.

Velayati also clarified that Washington’s policies did not stop there and tied the developments in the South Caucasus to the US, explaining Washington used Turkey as a proxy to get on board and disrupt the strategic region. The South Caucasus has been the focus of attention as NATO’s Western entrance.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed Tehran’s opposition to geopolitical changes in the region, and reaffirmed the country is ready to use all its capacities to establish peace in the Caucasus region and its growth and development.

Tehran believes that security and stability in the region is enhanced through interaction among the regional countries, describing the presence of foreigners as harmful.

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