Iran's Larijani: Trump exposing bare ugly face of US

Iran's Larijani: Trump exposing bare ugly face of US

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is explicitly stating the lines of Washington’s malevolent foreign policy, adding that the “real and ugly face” of the White House is now conspicuously disclosed.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump is explicitly stating the lines of Washington’s malevolent foreign policy, adding that the “real and ugly face” of the White House is now conspicuously disclosed.

Speaking at a Parliament session this morning, Larijani said that Trump’s penchant for disclosing the most covert policies of the White House has revealed the “real and ugly face” of the US.

Fortunately, the US today has a president in office who is perfectly showing the real and ugly face of the White House policies, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said at a Parliament session on Sunday.

“Explicitly stating the most covert policies of the White House is one of Trump’s characteristics,” he noted.

“Most recently, when announcing the death of the ISIL chieftain, Trump said the US is in Syria only for its oil…oil is the only important thing [to them]. The conflict between the Kurds and Turkey means nothing to them,” Larijani went on to add.

“Just as the Kurds and the Turks mean nothing to them, and the oil is the only important thing to them, the Iranian nation is of no importance to the American government, either,” Larijani stressed.

“Since the US has no means for a military dominion over Iran, it is trying to undermine the country through an economic blockade in a bid to gain dominance over our oil and gas,” he added.

“Recently, the American regime has been trying to inflict a different kind of chaos over our region to guarantee the fulfillment of its sinister plots in case its plans for gaining dominion over oil failed,” Larijani said, adding, “But the regional people will give a strong response to this new plot.”

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn on Friday, US President Donald Trump reiterated the US’s lack of interest in patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border, stressing that Washington’s main interest was in controlling the country’s oil.

“The ceasefire has held very nicely. We’ve kept the oil. We’ve stayed back and kept the oil. Other people can patrol the border of Syria, frankly, and Turkey, let them - they’ve been fighting for a thousand years, let them do the border, we don’t want to do that," Trump said.

"We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil. I like oil. We’re keeping the oil,” he noted.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has also confirmed that the US plans to continue controlling Syria’s oil fields, and to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists or “other actors”.

“The mission is, as I’ve spoken to and I’ve conveyed it to the commander, and that is, we will secure oil fields to deny their access to ISIL and other actors in the region, and to ensure that the [Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces] has continued access, because those resources are – are important, and so that the SDF – can do its mission, what it needs to do in the region,” Esper stated, speaking to reporters on Thursday after meeting with Australian Minister for Defense Linda Reynolds.

Prior to his Friday comments, Trump had repeatedly referred to the need to secure and hold Syria’s oil resources. He has repeatedly criticized US foreign policy during the 2016 campaign, and even during his days a private citizen. In 2011, Trump urged the Barack Obama administration to keep troops in Iraq and “keep the oil”. In 2016, he reiterated the need to “take the oil” in Iraq, saying the move would be “reimbursing ourselves”, and “not stealing”.

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