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Iran warns of dire consequences for military intervention in Syria

Men walk past bodies placed in a temporary morgue as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus in Syria on August 21, 2013. Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces and the Syrian government has denied the claims. The UN is investigating. UPI/Mohammed Al-Abdullah
Men walk past bodies placed in a temporary morgue as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus in Syria on August 21, 2013. Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces and the Syrian government has denied the claims. The UN is investigating. UPI/Mohammed Al-Abdullah | License Photo

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Foreign countries considering intervening in Syria will face ominous consequences, the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said consequences arising from a potential military offensive against Syria would impact the entire Middle East and called out Western countries on their double standards toward terrorists, Iran's government-backed Press TV reported.

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"Wherever the terrorists serve Western interests, they support these groups," Araqchi said.

Araqchi said Russia has submitted to the U.N. Security Council documents indicating militants in Syria carried out recent chemical attacks in the country.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday it was "undeniable" that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad carried out last week's chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus. He also said additional information about the attack would be released soon.

Syrian leaders have denied the charges, saying the chemical attack was carried out by rebel forces.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a victim of chemical arms, condemns the use of such weapons by any side," Araqchi said.

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