Iran hit back at the United States on Tuesday for saying the Islamic state was moving toward a military dictatorship, accusing Washington of pursuing wrong policies in the Middle East.
ââ‚¬Å“They themselves are involved in a sort of military dictatorship and have practically ignored the realities and the truths in the region,ââ‚¬ Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, according to ISNA news agency.
ââ‚¬Å“America has a wrong attitude toward the issues in the Middle East and it is the continuation of their past wrong policies,ââ‚¬ he said.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday the United States believes Iranââ‚¬â„¢s Revolutionary Guards are driving the country toward military dictatorship and should be targeted in any new U.N. sanctions.
ââ‚¬Å“We are sorry for Mrs. Clinton...for trying to divert public opinion in the region toward unreal and untruthful matters,ââ‚¬ Mottaki said.
Speaking in Qatar before flying to Riyadh, Clinton denied the United States planned to attack Iran and said Washington wanted dialogue with Tehran but could not ââ‚¬Å“stand idly byââ‚¬ while Iran pursued a suspected nuclear weapons program.
Clinton said Washington hoped to pressure Iran through a U.N. Security Council resolution targeting the Revolutionary Guards, who she accused of usurping the government.
ââ‚¬Å“We see that the government of Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship,ââ‚¬ she told students in a televised session.
The United States is leading a push for the U.N. Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran, which says its nuclear program is solely to generate electricity so it can export more of its oil and gas.