Instrumental Use of Terrorism Criticized

Instrumental Use of Terrorism Criticized
Instrumental Use of Terrorism Criticized

Iran's envoy to the United Nations says some countries finance and use terrorism as an instrument to promote their own overt and covert interests.

Hussein Dehqani who was addressing a UN General Assembly at the weekend said "Certain countries created terrorist groups to safeguard their interests across the globe," adding that the same groups have now turned into “monsters” who are threatening their own creators, ISNA reported. He did not name names.

He said terror outfits, like the banned al-Qaeda, Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Nusrah Front in Syria "have no links or place in Islam."

The primary measure in defeating and dismantling terrorist groups is to eliminate their source of finance, the news agency quoted him as saying.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a country which has often been a victim of terrorist attacks, condemns the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including state-sponsored terrorism."

The envoy rejected as "baseless" Israel’s claims about Iran’s support for terrorist groups in the region. The occupying power has long been a lawless state and an infamous supporter of terrorists in the strategic region and beyond.

“These accusations are leveled by a regime that has a long history of using state terrorism to advance (its) political objectives, and the regime itself is a creation of terrorist groups,” the diplomat told the world body.