US condemns Iranian FM Zarif for honoring Hezbollah chief

WASHINGTON - The United States has condemned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for honoring Imad Mugniyah, a former leader of Hezbollah, at a wreath laying ceremony.

Mugniyah has been implicated in terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of people, including the bombings on the US embassy in Beirut that killed over 350 people in 1983 and on 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.

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