Tehran (IP) - The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said the West seeks to prevent Iran from having strategic ties with Iran.

Iran PressIran news: Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said in a tweet on Sunday stated that the West, based on its policy toward Iran, seeks to prevent the country from having strategic cooperation with the East and keep its economy dependent on oil. 

Iran has long decided to have strategic cooperation with China and finish its national economy dependent on oil, Admiral Shamkhani said asserting that his country will pass the existing challenges through active resistance and national solidarity. 

During an interview with Fox News on August 2, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to Iran-China relations, denouncing reports that Beijing and Tehran are close to signing a $400 billion economy and security deal.

He claimed that Iran-China deal would “destabilize” the Middle East, saying the US sanctions against Iran would be applied to Chinese state firms, claiming that Tehran’s access to money and weapons “only compounds” risks for the region. 

Earlier on July 31, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran's view about relations with China is a long-term, an interest-based one and this relation is costly for those who support the US maximum pressure policy.

The US along with its western allies sell arms of billion dollars to some Arab regimes including Saudi Arabia to invade Yemen and target Yemeni civilians particularly children. 

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