WANA – At his weekly press conference today, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani ruled out Iran is involved in Russia-Ukraine War stressing that accusing Iran in this regard won’t be helpful.


Referring to various issues at the weekly press conference, Kanaani stated on the ongoing war in Ukraine: “We emphasize that accusing Iran and others will not certainly help Ukrainian people and leaders.”

The U.S. and some European countries have accused Iran of providing Russia with weapons such as drones and even ballistic missiles to be used in Ukraine War.


“On the issue of Ukraine war, we regard threatening remarks from any Ukrainian official in any rank as irresponsible,” he said.


Pointing to the sustained negotiations between Iran and world powers to revive the 2015 deal on the country’s nuclear program, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), FM Spokesman said: “The ball is in the Americans’ court and their unconstructive actions has postponed the nuclear deal.”


“We can say that the nuclear deal is still on the table. From the side of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the window to the agreement is still open. If the other parties act constructively, the ground is prepared to renegotiate and sign the nuclear agreement.”


The Iranian diplomat went on to say: “Europeans are interested to the nuclear deal but they should take concrete steps. We are also still committed to nuclear negotiations.”


“Iran has stated many times that its foreign policy is not tied to the JCPOA and talks aimed at reviving the deal, adding that the country follows a path of boosting relations with its neighbors.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani attends in a news conference in Tehran, Iran November 1, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Following the press conference, the FM spokesman referred to the Sunday arrests in the southeastern Iranian province of Kerman of saboteurs linked to Britain, claiming that nationals of certain countries, especially countries in Western Europe, have played a clear role in recent riots in Iran and there are detailed information about such involvement.


“Some countries, especially the one you mentioned [UK], had an unconstructive role regarding the recent developments in Iran. Their role was totally provocative and destructive and incited the riots”. (Russia-Ukraine War)


Kannani said the invitation extended to Iran to attend the Baghdad Conference and the host country’s emphasis on the importance of Iran’s presence in this summit, as well as the various meetings held on the sidelines of the summit between Iranian officials and other participants was a sign of the growing importance of Iran’s role in the region.


Regarding the Iranian foreign minister’s initiative to hold a joint meeting of regional defense ministers, the foreign ministry spokesman said that the current Iranian administration’s policy is to strengthen ties with neighbors.


“Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian’s initiative in his speech at the Tehran Dialogue Forum was a part of Iran’s approach to strengthen its neighborhood policy based on joint meetings between foreign and defense ministers and between defense ministers,” he stated.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani attends in a news conference in Tehran, Iran November 1, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency)

Reacting to remarks by Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister hopeful of the regime of Israel, on normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia, Kanaani said that Iran has a clear position on the illegal and illegitimate nature of the Zionist regime.


“We believe that developing ties and the normalization of relations between Arab and Muslim countries and the Zionist regime will not contribute to strengthening of stability, security and peace in the region,” he said.(Russia-Ukraine War)


Commenting on relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, he said that the two countries seems to have agreed on a constructive approach to rebuild their ties.


He pointed out both Iran and Saudi Arabia trust Iraq as a mediator in their diplomatic talks: “Five rounds of negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been held in Baghdad and our friends (in Iraq) made good efforts.”