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Iran says Warsaw meeting will only escalate Mideast crises

Iranian officials and media outlets are still busy panning US efforts to advance an anti-Tehran agenda at a two-day conference in the Polish capital, saying the event will only fan the flames of chaos in the Middle East.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel - RC1C3AD88330

Tehran's rage and discontent do not seem to have died down since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement of its Warsaw conference last month. Iranian officials are busy trying to mitigate the perceived negative impacts of the event widely considered an American push to mobilize the world against the Islamic Republic. 

"The summit is of the same nature as other steps which Tehran construes as US failures in the past 40 years," reported hard-line newspaper Javan Feb. 13, only hours before the conference kicked off in Warsaw. According to the paper, which echoes the views of the country's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, "Signs of that failure began to emerge weeks before the event, as Russians openly shunned it." The paper delighted in the fact that the United States had to amend the meeting's original stated purpose, broadening the agenda to peace and security in the Middle East rather than exclusively focusing on Iran.

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