Iran will ‘never use’ force against Muslim neighbors


AFP

MANAMA — Iran sought on Saturday to calm the fears of its neighbors, saying it would never use force against them because they are Muslims, after the United States highlighted concerns over Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was speaking at a conference on Middle East security at which Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must be rescued from collapse to ensure regional and world stability. “We have never used our force against our neighbors and never will because our neighbors are Muslims,” Mottaki told journalists on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue, which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened on Friday. “Your power in the region is our power and our power is your power.” Clinton had said U.S. concerns over Tehran nuclear program are shared by Iran’s neighbors in the Gulf, through which most of the world’s oil flows.