Tehran, Iran, August 22
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The United States is seeking to disintegrate Saudi Arabia, Iranian Army Ground Force Commander Ahmadreza Pourdastan said.
"Americans are trying to disintegrate Iraq and Syria. Now they are also trying to split Yemen. But of course they are thinking beyond that. They are even seeking to disintegrate Saudi Arabia," he said, Tasnim news agency reported August 22.
He said the current the US approach to the Middle East is to create religion-against-religion conflicts.
"In order to pursue that approach they organized terrorist and Takfiri groups. Today Daesh (IS) commits crimes in Iraq on behalf of the US and Israel," he asserted.
Commenting on Iran-US relations, he said the United States is the great Satan and Iran cannot have relations with Satan.
He made a comparison with Turkey and said while Iran and Turkey have basic differences, the two conduct cooperation in a number of areas including fight against drugs and border control.
"In the same fashion, we may have some relations with the US, that is, we may have cooperation in a number of areas including the nuclear energy ... but we have disagreements with each other in regional and ultra-regional issues and cannot be friends," he said.
After the July 14 nuclear agreement which was mainly significant for thawing Iran-US relations to some extent, expectations were high as whether the two countries will engage in more cooperation.