Ahmadinejad: Iran not worried about US arms sales plan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was not worried about the United States' plan to sell arms to the Gulf states, ISNA news agency reported Friday.

Ahmadinejad: Iran not worried about US arms sales plan

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was not worried about the United States' plan to sell arms to the Gulf states, ISNA news agency reported Friday.

"We are not worried about the plan although the main American aim is to try to sow discord among our brothers in the region to impose their own policies in the region," ISNA quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Algerian reporters in Tehran before his scheduled state visit to Algiers.

The US is considering the sale of sophisticated arms worth 20 billion dollars to Saudi Arabia as part of a plan to bolster US allies in the Gulf in the face of Iran's growing regional strength.

Ahmadinejad said the US sold over 400 billion dollars of arms to the Persian Gulf states in the last 20 years.

"We recommend the regional states not to spend their national sources unnecessarily for arms but rather allocate them for the progress and welfare of their countries," he said.

Ahmadinejad added that the main intention of the US was to strengthen the status of Israel and therefore expose the "main enemy of the Arab nations (Israel) as a friend."

"In return, Iran, which is the brother and best friend of Arab people, is supposed to be exposed as the enemy, but this plan will fail like all the previous ones did," he said.

DPA

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