Iran’s Minister of Defense Major General Hossein Dehqan who was speaking to a group of scientific elites and talents of the country’s defense industry staff pointed to recent developments in Iraq and said "The terrorist ISIS and their supporters have to be punished as war criminals.”
Stating that such terrorist movements are aimed at creating a secure buffer for Israel he said "ISIS is the offspring of an unconventional bond between the US, the Zionist regime, and regional reactionary entities.”
"There is a fate scarier than that of Saddam waiting this terrorist group. Such antihuman acts are sure to boomerang on the supporters as well,” he emphasized.
Pointing out that it is necessary for all ethnic and religious groups of Iraq to unite in order to save the country he said "Today the interest of all lies in integrity and national cohesion. It is a fact that the parties which interfere with Iraq’s domestic affairs from abroad do not care for the country’s dignity or independence and would not seek any interest for its groups or ethnicities.”
The Iranian Defense Minister then stated that Iran endorses Iraq’s territorial integrity and maintained "The Islamic Iran wants an integrated, unified, secure, and advanced Iraq and it will endorse any action that would help bring that about.”