The leader of Turkey’s Democrat Party, Namik Kemal Zeybek, told Press TV in aninterview on Saturday that those who threaten to launch a war against Iranshould remember Islamic Republic’s eight-year defense against Iraq from 1980 to 1988.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, even at its earliest days after the Islamic Revolution, when it did not have an organized military, managed to defend its territory against a fully equipped and well-trained army of Iraq that was supported by the US and the West,” Zeybek stated.
“Any attack on Iran will bring an end to the United States. It will lead to the disintegration of the US because its states are not that much united as it may seem. Some of its southern states are annoyed by such [warmongering] policies and want to get separated from the US, and one day this will happen,” he concluded.
On Friday, March 2, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said Ankara is opposed to any form of military intervention aimed at putting an end to Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“The problem over Iran’s nuclear [energy] program has to be resolved through diplomacy…. Any method other than diplomacy would have grave consequences for the region and even for the world,” he said during the Aspen Bosporus Dialogue Conference in Istanbul.
Emphasizing on the necessity of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 – the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – the Turkish deputy premier advised the world powers to “really focus on a diplomatic settlement and sincerely work to that end.”
Iran has denied Western allegations about its nuclear energy program and has promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country. Tehran has also warned that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.