TEHERAN — Iran's foreign minister hit back on Tuesday against US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's warning that the Islamic republic is becoming a military dictatorship.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki retorted that it is the United States that has become a military dictatorship, pointing to its wars in Vietnam through Iraq and Afghanistan. He criticized Clinton's Mideast tour, which took her to Saudi Arabia on Monday, saying it was "overflowing with contradictions and incorrect actions."
"Those who have been the very symbol of military dictatorship over the past decades, since the Vietnam War until now, see everyone else in the same way," Mottaki said at a press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Clinton's comments a day earlier reflected Washington's increasingly pessimistic outlook for persuading Iran to negotiate limits on its nuclear program, which the US believes is aimed at producing a bomb. Clinton warned that the elite Revolutionary Guard's growing influence in Iran was pushing the country into military dictatorship.