Iran rejects US defense secretary’s meddlesome remarks

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has dismissed as meddlesome and disgraceful the recent remarks by his US counterpart Jim Mattis against the Islamic Republic, saying they run counter to all principles of the international law.

Instead of ordering other nations around, the US defense secretary and ruling administration had better think about ways to solve the country’s domestic issues and study their root causes, Dehqan said on Tuesday.

He added that such internal issues would most probably lead to the collapse of the sitting US government in the near future and pose numerous and serious challenges to the country’s political system.

The Iranian defense minister said individuals such as the US defense secretary have an arrogant and bullying nature, overlook the power of nations and ignore historical facts and these factors have robbed them  of their common sense.

Dehqan likened such comments to delirious comments by an ill person.

Addressing a high school journalism student in Mercer Island, a Seattle suburb on Monday, Mattis called for a regime change in Iran for the restoration of Tehran-Washington relations.

He said any potential rapprochement with Tehran would be difficult, claiming that Iran is not really a democratic country.

He also alleged, without providing any evidence, that Iran is the most destabilizing influence in the Middle East.