A senior official in Iran warned the world on Wednesday that a “third world war” is about to break out, and it will be sparked by terrorists.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran’s powerful Expediency Council, was quoted in a report published by Iran’s Fars News Agency saying that the “outbreak of World War III” is coming very soon.
“The threat of the outbreak of the third world war by the terrorists is serious,” Rafsanjani said in a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who was in Tehran this week meeting with Iranian officials.
Rafsanjani placed the blame for World War III on the U.S. and NATO, saying they created the conditions that led to this war.
“The U.S. and the NATO had invaded Afghanistan to uproot terrorism and narcotics, but we saw that terrorism expanded in the form of the ISIL, Boko Haram and Al-Nusra Front to remote parts of the world from Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he said, according to Free Beacon.
The Iranian leader went on to demand that the U.S. and other Western countries “stop their support for the terrorist groups” in the region immediately. Though Iran and the U.S. have united in the fight to take down ISIS, they are still on opposites sides in multiple ethnic wars in the region.
Despite this bleak warning, Gentiloni appears to have welcomed Rafsanjani’s comments.
“In my meetings with Iranian and Italian officials I will mention this and I hope that your proposal will be a starting point in inflicting a historical defeat on the terrorists in different human societies,” he said.
This is not the first time Iranian leaders have warned about the threats being posed by terrorism. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also talked about this, though he has not acknowledged Iran’s role in fostering it.
“Terrorism and insecurity is an epidemic disease which doesn’t belong to a special region, and efforts should be made to encounter extremism and violence to prevent its spread and we shouldn’t allow any innocent person, regardless of his/her nationality and religion, to become a victim of the terrorist groups,” Rouhani told Gentiloni in the meeting.
The entire globe has feared the prospect of a third world war since the end of World War II in 1945. With all the developments in technology, a third world war could easily being an end to our world as we know it.
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