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Iran's Rouhani dismisses Netanyahu's 'Iranophobia' remarks

IANS  |  Tehran 

Iranian on Wednesday rejected Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu's recent claims that the Islamic republic is a "threat" to the region.

cannot call a threat to the Middle East, as has driven the region to the brink of destruction, Press TV quoted as saying during a cabinet session on Wednesday.

"Those who have over the past 70 years created tension, launched wars and caused destruction in the region and have committed genocide and caused Sabra and Shatila (massacre) are in no position to portray as a threat," said

"is no threat to anyone. Iran is (the pillar) of stability and security for the entire region," Rouhani said.

Also, he maintained that the development of Iran's missile program is aimed at safeguarding peace and security in the region, and "it will strongly defend its rights."

On Tuesday, Netanyahu said that Iran was responsible for "darkness descending" on the

Netanyahu also said that "Iran is building an aggressive empire."

He made the remarks in addressing the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

In response, Iranian said that Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands had been disastrous to the region.

"Despite Netanyahu's claims, the fact is that illegal occupation lies at the heart of most of the calamities in our region," Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.

"Historically, occupying another's land has never been sustainable. This occupation, too - and the apartheid system that perpetuates it - will not last long," Zarif said.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 07:20 IST
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