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Publish Date: 8:11 - 14 August 2019
TEHRAN, August 14 - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “real security” could only be achieved through regional cooperation not overflowing armories.

Zarif says regional cooperation, not overflowing armories, creates real securityTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - “US' proliferation of arms in our region is menace to regional security. Last year Iran—with ~1M men under arms—spent $16B on its ENTIRE military. Saudi Arabia spent 5X that JUST on arms. Overflowing armories don’t win peace—or even war. Regional cooperation brings REAL security,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.

In a recent interview with the Doha-based television network Al Jazeera, he warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying the United States has turned the Persian Gulf region into a “tinderbox ready to blow up” by selling weaponry to certain regional countries.

“The UAE with a total population of one million spent $22bn, Saudi Arabia spent $87bn. If you are talking about threats coming from the region, the threats are coming from the US and its allies who are pouring weapons in the region, making it a tinderbox ready to blow up,” he added.

Source: Tasnim

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