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'West using Iranophibia to sell arms'
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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman says the West is spreading of Iranaphobia to revive the arms market and distract regional states from other threats.

Ramin Mehmanparast made the statements in response to a Press TV correspondent's question regarding some Arab states' initiative to boost their military equipment and plans to purchase advanced weapons from the West.

"The point is that Iranophobia and Islamophibia are aimed at distracting the attention of the regional states from the region's main threat, which is Israel," Mehmanparast said in his weekly press briefing on Tuesday.

The Iranian spokesperson went on to say that the US economic crisis has prompted the American officials to turn to fear to promote rearmament deals.

Iranian officials accuse the United States and its Western allies of turning a blind eye to Tel Aviv's nuclear arsenal.

Former US President Jimmy Carter says Israel has a nuclear arsenal that includes between 200 and 300 warheads. Decades of recurrent reporting and aerial footage have also established the possession of atomic arms by Israel.

Adopting a policy of nuclear ambiguity, Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies having the weapons and refuses to ink the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Iranian foreign ministry official also criticized French President Nicholas Sarkozy's government for failing to address the nation's requests and expectation.

"These countries (the West) should start observing human rights in France, respect the rights of minorities, freedom of religion and treat their prisoners properly," he concluded.

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