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Russia: Iranian DefMin warns of new world war, citing US 'double standards'02:30

Russia: Iranian DefMin warns of new world war, citing US 'double standards'

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 27, 2016 at 11:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan highlighted the spread of international terrorism through what he described as Western “double standards” while speaking at the Moscow International Conference on Security in the Russian capital, Wednesday. He went on to warn of potential new world war, saying that only a realistic, responsible approach to the conflicts in the Middle East could curtail such an outcome.

One of the many international defence ministers to speak at the Radisson Royal Hotel, Denghan decried the spread of militantism through the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, condemning the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel for propping up such militant groups “under the disguise of humanitarian aid, under establishing a cessation of hostilities”. “There are countries that created those terrorist groups, sponsor those terrorist groups, and they do not want to lead an effective war until the very end”, the Iranian defence minister added.

He stressed that Iran was acting to counter “the destabilising activities of other groups and certainly the whole international community needs to come together to work against those threats.”

The fifth International Conference on Security runs in Moscow until April 28. The event brings together more than 500 high-ranking Russian and international politicians from at least 80 countries including three deputy prime ministers, 20 defence ministers, 15 chiefs of staff, 10 international organisations and military delegations. The fight against international terrorism, security issues in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the European regions as well as military cooperation are expected to top the agenda of this year's conference.

Russia: Iranian DefMin warns of new world war, citing US 'double standards'02:30
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Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan highlighted the spread of international terrorism through what he described as Western “double standards” while speaking at the Moscow International Conference on Security in the Russian capital, Wednesday. He went on to warn of potential new world war, saying that only a realistic, responsible approach to the conflicts in the Middle East could curtail such an outcome.

One of the many international defence ministers to speak at the Radisson Royal Hotel, Denghan decried the spread of militantism through the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, condemning the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel for propping up such militant groups “under the disguise of humanitarian aid, under establishing a cessation of hostilities”. “There are countries that created those terrorist groups, sponsor those terrorist groups, and they do not want to lead an effective war until the very end”, the Iranian defence minister added.

He stressed that Iran was acting to counter “the destabilising activities of other groups and certainly the whole international community needs to come together to work against those threats.”

The fifth International Conference on Security runs in Moscow until April 28. The event brings together more than 500 high-ranking Russian and international politicians from at least 80 countries including three deputy prime ministers, 20 defence ministers, 15 chiefs of staff, 10 international organisations and military delegations. The fight against international terrorism, security issues in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the European regions as well as military cooperation are expected to top the agenda of this year's conference.

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