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Iran accuses the United States of “adding fuel to the fire”

At the UN on Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi denounced Washington’s behavior and stated that Tehran “does not support any war anywhere, neither in Europe nor anywhere else.”

Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi accused the United States on Tuesday, before the UN General Assembly, of “adding fuel to the fire” in the conflict in Ukraine, attacked since February 2022 by Russia, an ally of Tehran.

“Stoking tension and adding fuel to the fire of violence in Ukraine is the work of the United States of America with the aim of weakening European countries and unfortunately it is a long-term program,” they denounced from the United Nations headquarters. United in New York. York, Ebrahim Raïssi in a virulent speech against Washington and the West.

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President Raïssi reaffirmed the “unequivocal” position of his country, which “does not support any war anywhere, neither in Europe nor anywhere else.”

Tense relations between the two countries

Accused of supplying drones to its Russian ally in the Ukraine war, Iran has once again assured, through its president, “to support any initiative aimed at a cessation of hostilities and the war and any political measures” to this end.

When the UN General Assembly adopted resolutions condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine from 2022, Iran either abstained or did not participate in the vote.

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The United States and Iran have not maintained diplomatic relations for more than 40 years, after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the taking of hostages at the American embassy in Tehran.

The two enemy countries, however, became closer in the 2010s thanks to the international agreement on the control of the Iranian civil nuclear program sealed in 2015 in exchange for the lifting of US and European sanctions.

Although it denies wanting to acquire an atomic bomb, Iran has progressively freed itself from the commitments acquired within the framework of this agreement, in reaction to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States decided in 2018 by then-president Donald Trump.

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