Iranian Deputy FM: US Seeking to Impose No Fly Zone over Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US and its allies have hatched different plots to undermine the Syrian government, including the imposition of a no fly zone over the country, in a bid to help the terrorist groups, an Iranian deputy foreign minister said.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian confirmed reports that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, but stressed that evidence shows that "irresponsible armed groups" fighting against the Syrian government have used the banned weapons in a bid to project the blame on the Syrian government to pave the way for foreign intervention in the Muslim country.

"Chemical weapons have been used by the al-Nusra Front and a number of irresponsible armed groups," Abdollahian told Arab Language Al-Alam TV network last evening, adding that the US and Qatar have extended most aid and support to these armed groups.

He said some regional and trans-regional states which have caused and helped terrorist attacks and al-Qaeda's presence in Syria now aim to push Syria into a new war in a bid to pave the ground for foreign intervention in Syria.

"We have precise information that some foreign parties have supplied terrorists with their needed possibilities in a bid to help them use chemical arms against the Syrian people and the army to spark hue and cry and pave the ground for foreign intervention in Syria," the Iranian deputy foreign minister cautioned.

He said in the second part of this plot the US would try to accuse the Damascus government of using chemical attacks to impose a no fly zone over Syria to limit the Syrian government and provide immunity for "irresponsible armed and terrorist groups".

The Iranian diplomat further warned that a no fly zone will further complicate situation in Syria.

Meantime, Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Jaafari said that the UN Security Council is the only authority vested with the power to impose a no-fly zone over any given world state, and stressed that the UN body may not ratify a no-fly zone over Syria.

In an interview with the Lebanese NBN TV channel, Jaafari, said that western countries are raising the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria to exert pressure on Syria in order to get concessions from the Muslim state.

Responding to the recent statements made by US Secretary of State John Kerry that if Damascus use of chemical weapons is proved, a no-fly zone can be imposed on Syria or the opposition will be equipped with better and more arms, he said that a no-fly zone can only be implemented via the Security Council, which is impossible to happen on the case of Syria.