Tehran says US, not Iran, sponsors terror

Spokesman for Iran's UN mission rejects US State Department report that claims terror activity highest since 1990s.

May 31, 2013 23:35
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UNITED NATIONS - Iran on Friday rejected a US State Department report that

"It should be mentioned that the US government has no merit to label other nations of sponsoring terrorism as it has a long ... record (of) supporting terrorist groups in our region as well as Israeli state terrorism," Miryousefi said.

He cited the recent removal from the US list of terrorist organizations of the Mujahadin-e-Khalq, a dissident group that calls for the overthrow of Iran's Shi'ite Muslim clerical leadership and fought alongside the forces of Iraq's late Sunni Muslim dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

"The recent delisting of the MEK terrorist group ... and also allowing it to publicly lobby in Washington is a clear indication that the US government has double standards in dealing with terrorism and uses designation of others as terrorist only to serve its illegitimate political interests," he said.

The State Department report's release comes as US and European officials and intelligence agencies say Iran and Hezbollah have stepped up their military backing for the besieged government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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