FNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand blasted Washington for supporting and nourishing terrorist groups, saying that the international community should make the US accountable.
“The US government should account to the international community for providing shelter, residence, communication tools and satellite TVs, financial backup, freedom for overt actions and advocacy for terrorist groups and terrorist acts,” Baharvand said in an interview with the Persian-language Etemad newspaper Etemad newspaper on Sunday.
He added that the US adopts such irresponsible measures not only against Iran but also against China, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Iraq and many other countries.
“The international community should make the US accountable for its illegal acts and stop this boring silence,” Baharvand said.
In relevant remarks earlier this week, Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht-e Ravanchi also strongly denounced the US for fostering the terrorist group ‘Tondar’ (Thunder), adding that Washington should be held responsible for complicity with countless terrorist operations in the country.
Takht-e Ravanchi, in a letter to the United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, complained over the US support for terrorist group ‘Tondar’ whose ringleader Jamshid Sharmahd has recently been arrested by the security forces of Iran.
Iran announced on August 1 that it had captured the ringleader of a US-based Tondar (Thunder) terrorist group, Jamshid Sharmahd.
Sharmahd, who guided the armed and sabotage acts against Iran from the US, was arrested in complicated operations by the Iranian security forces and is now in the hands of the country’s intelligence ministry, a statement by the ministry said.
Tondar, or the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, also known as Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, is an armed terrorist royalist group seeking to overthrow the ruling government and restore the monarchy in Iran.
Tondar claimed responsiblity for the 2008 Shiraz explosion at the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada in which 14 people, including children, were killed and 215 others were injured.
Mohammad-Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, accused of being members of the terrorist group, were arrested and tried for the bombing. In January 2010, they were executed for waging war against God and attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
Tondar had also plotted for several other terrorist acts in Iran in recent years, including blowing up Sivand dam in Shiraz, detonating cyanide bombs at Tehran book exhibition and explosion of bombs during general ceremonies at late Imam Khomeini’s shrine. All these terrorist plots were foiled by the Iranian security forces.