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Latest update : 2014-10-29

Iran will not join 'untrustworthy' coalition against IS group

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of Iran's national security and foreign policy parliamentary committee, says that the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group cannot be trusted.

"The very countries that created the Islamic State group are now part of a coalition that ... wants to destroy them," he said. "How can a contradiction like this be resolved? It's only natural that we cannot trust [the coalition]. We don't want to enter a political game."

The US-led coalition - which includes Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia - is waging an air campaign against the IS group in Syria. The coalition has been pounding jihadist positions in besieged Kobane in a bid to prevent the town falling to the militant group.

Boroujerdi also warned that Iran will resume its nuclear activities if no deal is reached with the so-called P5+1 group of countries - the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany - by the November 24 deadline set by the group for a comprehensive agreement.

“If for any reason there is no agreement, then this path will no longer remain one-way, with us sticking to our end of the bargain, while our opposite numbers deliver nothing,” he said. “If needs be, we will embark on a legal process ... to take everything back to square one."

By Sanam SHANTYAEI

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