TEHRAN - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday elaborated on different aspects of West's resort to soft warfare, and said that the West is seeking to attain world hegemony through soft plots.
Addressing a gathering on soft warfare here in Tehran today, Larijani pointed out that both in theory and practice, West's use of the soft power is mainly aimed at the attainment of a global hegemony.
Larijani underlined that Iran, too, is in pursuit of soft power, "but Tehran's intention, goals and methods differ from those of the West, as Iran is seeking comprehensive peace and justice as its goal".
Commenting on ways to confront soft threats and warfare, the Iranian parliament speaker noted, "The society should know their mostly used tactics because deceit and tricks are embedded in these tactics.
"Our defense for essential values should be strong in a real sense of the word…"
Larijani further cautioned that the US has replaced use of force and the hard power exercised by former US President George Bush with a resort to soft power.
He termed US troubles and stalemate in Iraq and Afghanistan as a root cause of the said change in the US approach and policy.
The former Iranian chief negotiator reminded that the US president's peace initiative for the Middle East and the grant of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama are examples illustrating the US move and efforts to gain the soft power.
October 13, 09