Iran's leader warns implications of controversial vote in Iraq

Laura Christensen
October 5, 2017

Gen. Akar is also expected to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his visit Monday, which comes days before Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travels to Tehrani.

"The Iraqi Kurdish secession vote is an act of betrayal toward the entire region", he went on.

Iran and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, overwhelmingly opposed the non-binding referendum vote, over fears the move could ignite independence movements by Kurdish populations in their own countries.

Tensions have been running high between Iraqi government and the Kurdish region after the region held a controversial referendum on independence of Kurdistan and disputed areas, including Kirkuk.

"This shows one thing, that this administration (in northern Iraq) has a history with Mossad, they are hand-in-hand together", Erdogan said in Erzurum, in eastern Turkey. "We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken", he said.

Iranian government spokesperson, Mohammadbaqer Nowbakht has said that the Turkish president during his visit to Tehran will discuss implementation of deals earlier reached between the two countries, IRNA news agency reported.

"Words don't mean anything here as we didn't have chance to a fair trial", said another defendant, Gokhan Sen. Baghdad responded by announcing further punitive measures. They fear it could derail the fight against Islamic State.

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An official in Iraq's Kurdish region said that Iraqi and Iranian units began exercises at 11 a.m. local time "only 250 meters from the border".

"The United States and foreign powers are untrustworthy and seek to create a new Israel in the region", Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Erdogan, whose security forces have been embroiled in a decades-long battle with Kurdish separatists in southeast Turkey, repeated his accusation that Israel was behind the Iraqi Kurds' referendum.

In a televised broadcast Saturday Erdogan claimed that Turkey had been saddened to see some Iraqi Kurds celebrating the independence referendum with Israeli flags.

Mr Rouhani also said that Tehran and Ankara are planning to expand their economic ties.

So far this year, Turkey imported 7.4 million tons from Iran and 4.3 million tons from Iraq, according to the regulatory report released last month.

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