US Terrorism Report “Bogus”

US Terrorism Report “Bogus”US Terrorism Report “Bogus”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected the US annual report on terrorism, which has singled out Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying the US is known as the biggest supporter of terrorist groups and the Israeli regime as “the symbol of state-sponsored terrorism”.

In a statement released on Saturday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari rejected as “bogus” the allegations raised by the US State Department in the recent report, noting that such a distortion of reality is a clear sign of the invalidity of the US State Department’s report.

He underlined that the anti-Iran accusations reflect the Israeli regime’s objectives, denouncing the Tel Aviv regime as the embodiment of occupation, state-sponsored terrorism, violation of human rights and enforcement of oppressive policies against Palestinians, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Ansari lashed out at Washington for its double standards toward terrorism, its instrumental use of the phenomenon and for turning a blind eye to the acts of terrorism against civilians worldwide.

The spokesman also blamed the US for backing terrorist groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere, for shirking responsibility and accusing others of sponsoring terrorism.

“Iran is itself one of the major victims of terrorism, such that 17,000 Iranian nationals have been killed in terrorist attacks,” he said.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has proved practically to be the most serious and influential force in the fight against terrorism.”

Justin Siberell, the department’s acting coordinator for counterterrorism, briefed reporters on Thursday on the report’s content, saying Iran “remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training and equipment, to groups around the world.”

In another reaction to the anti-Iran US move, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani described US accusations as a stark reminder of its dual approaches to dealing with terrorism.

Shamkhani told reporters that such hostile moves are not unexpected of the US, which backed the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 war imposed by Iraq on Iran.

Shamkhani also derided the US decision to label Iran a sponsor of terrorism while refusing to blacklist the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, using the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group as a tool and supporting the Zionist regime of Israel.