Iran condemns Virginia Tech shooting

Foreign ministry: Attacking innocents is "contrary to divine, human values."

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April 17, 2007 20:56
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Iran on Tuesday condemned a gunman's rampage the previous day at Virginia Tech university which left 33 people dead and was the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history. "While condemning this [attack], [Iran] expresses condolences with the nation and the families of those killed," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press. "Attacking innocent people, irrespective of their race and nationality, is contrary to divine and human values no matter which group or person carries out such an act under any name," the Iranian statement said. Despite lack of diplomatic relations between the two, Iran has in the past condemned violence and terrorist attacks in the United States, including the September 11, 2001 attacks, the deadliest on US soil. The US and Iran broke relations in 1979, after Iranian students stormed the US Embassy in Teheran and held its occupants hostage for 444 days. Relations somewhat thawed after reformist former President Mohammad Khatami called for dialogue to bring down the "wall of mistrust," but ties worsened after US President George W. Bush named Iran as part of the "the axis of evil." The United States and Iran are also at odds over Teheran's controversial nuclear program. Washington accuses Teheran of seeking to build nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.

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