WASHINGTON – The United States on Tuesday condemned a decision by Iran’s foreign
minister to place a wreath at the grave of a former Lebanese Hezbollah leader
accused of perpetrating attacks that killed hundreds of people.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was photographed on Monday laying a wreath
at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughniyeh in the
southern suburbs of Beirut.
Mugniyah has been implicated in terrorist
attacks that have killed hundreds of people, including the bombing of the US
Embassy in Beirut, which killed over 350 people in 1983, and the bombing of the
Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992.
“The decision to commemorate an
individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization
continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and
will only exacerbate tensions in the region,” National Security Council
spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
“The inhumane violence
that Mugniyah perpetrated – and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate
in the region with Iran’s financial and material support – has had profoundly
destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” she said.