Senior official: Iran is becoming a regional power able to confront US with suicide operations
â€œThe nuclear, human rights and long-range missile issues are all pretexts to prevent Iranâ€™s progress.â€ Rezaie said.
â€œBut we are breaking the blockade. Our influence in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf region shows that we are transforming from a national government to a regional powerâ€ Rezai bragged about Tehranâ€™s active involvement in Iraq, Lebanon and other countries. â€œA giant is slowly growing up in Iran, gaining dominance in its surrounding area. If it is empowered economically and technologically parallel to the political issues, after 20 or 30 years, when the west lifts its head, it will see that a small but regional empire has taken shapeâ€ he continued.
Referring to the transfer of Iranâ€™s nuclear file to the UN Security Council by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) he concluded, â€œTherefore, the nuclear issue is a pretext to prevent Iran's progress.â€