US Responsible for Spread of Terrorism Across Middle East - Iran's FM Zarif

© AP Photo / Ahmed Saad, PoolIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - Sputnik International
The US government is responsible for the spread of terrorism in the Middle East, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said in a statement Thursday in response to US President Barack Obama's claims that Iran may fund terrorism.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Obama said in a speech on Wednesday that Iran may use the funds it would obtain from sanctions relief to fund "terrorist organizations."

"The developments of the past years showed that what has resulted in insecurity and the spread of extremism and terrorism in our region, have been the uncalculated policies and actions of the US governments and some of their allies in the region…. The US officials have on numerous occasions admitted this reality, but they are still trying to escape the realities by blaming others," Zarif said in a statement published on Foreign Ministry website.

Zarif condemned US attempts to use force and threats "as foreign policy tools," adding that the civilized world had successfully abandoned the idea.

"Instead of repeating some stereotyped phrases, the US officials had better think about this reality that hatred towards the wrong policies of the US governments is not limited to the people of Iran," Zarif stressed.

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Last month, Iran and six world powers reached an agreement obliging Tehran to guarantee the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities in exchange for easing Western sanctions.

Since the declaration of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, Tehran and Washington have had tense relations. Washington has long accused Iran of funding, training and giving sanctuary to terrorists.

The United States also believes that Iran provides support for militant groups, like Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, with many of them classified by Washington as terrorist organizations.

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