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Iran resistance proved bullying ineffective: Majlis speaker

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's Majlis speaker Ali Larijani addresses an inter-parliamentary conference on global peace, democracy and development in New York, August 31, 2015.

The speaker of Iran's parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic has proven to the world that the weapon of force and bullying is no longer effective.

Larijani made the remarks in his address to the Fourth World Conference of Parliament Speakers, convened by the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in cooperation with the United Nations, at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

A view of a session of the Fourth World Conference of Parliament Speakers, at the UN headquarters in New York, the US, August 31, 2015.


Some big powers tried to bring the Iranian nation to its knees, but the great Iranian nation stood against force by choosing the course of resistance and steadfastness and emerged victorious, he said.

By so doing, the Iranian nation showed that the weapon of force and bullying is old and ineffective and has lost its effectiveness and power of influence, the official noted.

Larijani was referring to Iran’s recent agreement with the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, which ended a 12-year Western standoff with Iran over the country's nuclear program.

In today’s world, some powers still believe that they can attain their political goals by resorting to force, pressure, and sanctions, he said.

Larijani, who was addressing the session called “placing democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development”, said, “The main question to be discussed at this session should be ‘is democracy really at the service of peace and sustainable development in today’s world or not?’”

He said some governments, which purportedly seek democracy for their own peoples, support dictatorship and despotic and violent regimes in some countries and seek to establish democracy in others via bombs and machineguns.

“The same approaches are the begetters and causes of most warmongering in today’s world. The painful fate of the downtrodden Palestinian people, the belligerency of the Zionist regime [of Israel],  war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, the war in Yemen, and the five-year-long war in Syria can be cited [here] as examples,” Larijani said.

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