0231 GMT May 21, 2018
He made the remarks on Wednesday at the 9th International Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues in Sochi, southwest Russia, IRNA reported.
“As the biggest exporter of arms and ammunition, the US dominates more than a third of the world’s arms market,” Shamkhani said.
More than 70 percent of the US arms are sold to the Middle East, he said, adding that the amount of US arms exports has doubled over the past 10 years, making the region “a gunpowder storehouse”.
“Given such a lucrative market, would the US have even a willingness to end wars? Would it (the US) had been able to sell more than $100 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia without portraying Iran as a security threat?” Shamkhani noted.
“It is natural that all responses (to the above questions) are negative, because the US definitive policy is to manage insecurity and destabilize the region to strengthen its presence, develop its military bases, sell (more) weapons and interfere in the region's affairs,” he noted.
The remarks came as the Middle East has been plagued with conflicts and terrorist groups like Daesh, which are believed to have been created and supported by the US and some regional countries.
Countries like Iraq and Syria have been gripped by terrorism, while Yemen has been suffering from a brutal aggression by a Saudi-led coalition for the past three years.
“The world needs peace, stability and security more than ever, and its path is political, security and military dialogue to reach mutual understanding, eliminate the misunderstandings and eventually finding a solution,” Shamkhani said.
He added, “Wars should be ended and instead of coalitions for wars, coalitions for peace and fraternity should be formed.”