Iran’s mission to the European Union has vehemently condemned recent statements by the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the need for Iran to fully implement its obligations under its safeguard agreement with the UN nuclear watchdog.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that a recent NATO summit held in Brussels confirmed that the bloc is being transformed into a global military and political alliance aimed at containing Russia and China.
Beijing urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the “China threat theory” and "creating confrontation", after a vow from the Western allies to work together to counter challenges posed by its policies.
Iraqi officials and religious scholars lambasted NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s latest remarks that the US-led military alliance plans to significantly increase its forces in the Arab country, describing the measure as unacceptable and unjustified.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance decided to expand a NATO training mission in Iraq from 500 to around 4,000 personnel while defense ministers of member states held off on making a final decision on NATO's 9,600-strong support mission in Afghanistan.