PARIS, MARCH 31, 2017: (DGW) THE Islamic Republic of Iran has been accused of sponsoring and exporting terrorism, US Defence Secretary, James Mattis has said.
He made the disclosure in London on Friday adding that ''Iran’s behaviour had not changed in the years since.''
“At the time when I spoke about Iran I was a commander of US central command and that (Iran) was the primary exporter of terrorism.
“Frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behaviour today,” Mattis said.
Also fingered in his accusation is the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) whose behavior, Mattis ccused of recklessness which must be tamed no matter whose ox is gored..
His words: “This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the international community to address this, we are doing so right now,” Mattis said in reply to a question about the potential threat to the US from ballistic missiles.
“Right now it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future and that’s got to be stopped,’’ Mattis said.
Also a source of concern for Washington is Russian alleged interactions with Taliban fighters.
According to him, “We have seen Russian activity vis-à-vis the Taliban.
“I’m not going to say at this point if that has manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly what they’re up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.”