Iran condemns US State Department’s report

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht on Tuesday deplored the US state department for its “illogical and hostile” terrorism report against Tehran.

“Their remarks are repetitive and our position is firm and appropriate to their comments,” Nobakht told reporters in Tehran today.

“We don’t recognize any of their illogical, unusual and hostile remarks and condemn this move. The Islamic Republic of Iran adopts firm action in all areas which pertain to its national interests,” he underlined.

The US State Department on Thursday released its annual report on global terrorist activity, claiming that Iran is the top state sponsor of terrorism and labeling ISIL “the greatest threat globally” despite Tehran’s serious assistance to the regional states in fighting against terrorism.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blasted the West’s double-standard policies in fighting terrorism, and said the US State Department’s report will no way stop Tehran’s efforts in the war on terrorism in the region.

“Today, the US is using the ISIL as an instrument and defends the Zionist regime but puts Iran in the list of terrorists because the Islamic Republic has stood against and confronted their main strategy and hegemony,” Shamkhani told reporters in Tehran.

“But this will not affect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policies in defending the regional states and it shows the West’s double-standard policy on terrorism,” he added.

Iran is helping the regional countries, including Iraq and Syria, in campaign against terrorism by sending military advisors at the demand of their governments.

A representative of the Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) in May appreciated Iran and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani for assisting his country in the campaign against terrorism and safeguarding its territorial integrity.

“We were surrounded in Samarra and had lost everything but this brave commander (General Soleimani) came to our help with all his forces and broke the siege,” Seyed Hamid Hosseini said, addressing the Shiite pilgrims in the Central city of Qom.

“If the Islamic Republic of Iran and its leader didn’t help us, I say very explicitly that no Iraq wound exist today,” he added.

General Soleimani said in March that Takfiri terrorism threatens all Muslims, and Iran has waged war on those terrorists that trade enslaved women and children.

“The fire of Takfiri and Takfirism has engulfed in homes of our Sunni brothers. Those behind this are under the illusion that they can bring Shiism and the Islamic Republic to their knees. More than anywhere else, Takfiri groups have targeted the sanctity of humanity and the Sunni world,” General Soleimani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.

General Soleimani then asked those behind the smear campaign to question Iran’s policy in its ongoing war on terror, “Is it adventurism if the Islamic Republic makes sacrifices to defend Muslims? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to battle a group that in just one region is buying and selling some 20,000 unfortunate enslaved young women? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to stand against the anti-Muslim current and stop the demolition of Mosques and Muslim holy sites?”

His remarks came after Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Mahdi Ameen al-Bayati said the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has sold more than 5,000 women and girls merely from Iraq’s Izadi Kurdish minority in their slave market.

By Fars News Agency