Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna July 15, 2014.REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
The secretary of Iranâ€™s Supreme National Security Council accused the United States on Saturday of violating the sovereignty of nations on the â€œpretext of fighting terrorismâ€ in Iraq and Syria.
â€œOn the pretext of fighting terrorism, the United States want to pursue their unilateral policies and violate the sovereignty of states,â€ Ali Shamkhani said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
He said Washington was â€œtrying to divert the eyes of the world from its pivotal role in supporting and equipping the terrorists in Syria in a bid to topple the legitimate regime.â€
And the speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani, warned the US that launching strikes against Iranâ€™s ally Syria as part of its campaign against the members of the Islamic State group would be â€œplaying with fire.â€
â€œThe United States is playing with fire in the region and must know that it cannot attack Syria on the pretext of fighting against the Islamic State,â€ he said.
â€œThe United States must know that if it attacks countries in the region… no one will be able to control the region. The fuse will be lit,â€ he warned.
Shamkhani and Larijani were the latest Iranian officials to criticize US efforts to wage war against the radicals.
Shamkhaniâ€™s comments come as France prepares to host a conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday to which Iran has not been invited.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday his country is opposed to Iranâ€™s participation because of its â€œengagement in Syria and elsewhere.â€