Trump: Iran - #1 terrorist state
“Iran is the ‘number one terrorist state’,” U.S. President, Donald Trump, stated in his interview to the Fox News TV channel.
“Iran has total disregard for our country. They are the number one terrorist state, they are sending money all over the place, and weapons, and you can’t do that,” Donald Trump stated.
At the same time, he avoided directly answering the question on possible use of force against Tehran, noting that the USA ‘has never talked about military moves’.
The USA negatively assessed Iran’s recent testing of the ballistic missiles and expanded its sanctions against Tehran.
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in turn , disagreed with the U.S. President, noting that Iran had never turned out to have any links with the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra or any other terrorist groups.
Lavrov added that Tehran should be a part of common efforts in the struggle against terrorism and through supporting the armed units fighting for Assad in Syria it was ‘making its own contribution to the struggle against the ISIS’.
It is noteworthy that the former U.S. Administration made great efforts for the settlement of relations with Iran, namely, conclusion of a treaty on Iranian nuclear program. Finally, the nuclear deal was formalized in 2015 with participation of the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the EU. Under the deal, Tehran gives up on the number of program components and gives access to the international inspectors in exchange for a stage-by-stage lifting of sanctions.