The United State says that Iran is not only not neutral in the Syrian conflict, but also an actor in the side of the Assad regime, which is "extremely dangerous."
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland was responding at a daily press briefing on Thursday to Iran's comments that they were going to step up and increase their support to the Assad regime.
This is further to the "unconscionable actions" of the Iranian government that have been supporting the Assad regime all the way through this conflict, and even as the violence escalates, continue to provide material support, training, Nuland told reporters. "Just last week, we saw the IRGC Qods Force chief Soleimani in Damascus to give his help and support. We've seen Syrian delegations welcomed in Iran," she added.
When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's opinion that the U.N. monitors' mandate expiring in 25 days should be extended beyond was brought to her attention, Nuland explained that "our view in agreeing to the 30-day technical rollover was that unless the situation changed manifestly on the ground and there was a positive role that the monitors could play, we could wind down this mission, because clearly they're not in a position, in security terms now, to do what they were put there to do, which was to provide some safety and security for the Syrian people. And we had hoped to begin to monitor a transition."
by RTT Staff Writer
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