Top cleric blasts Cameron anti-Iran remarks

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Iran’s top cleric has rejected as “sheer lies” recent anti-Iran remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron at the UN General Assembly

“He (Cameron) falsely accused [us of pursuing non-civilian objectives in] our nuclear program and accused us of supporting terrorism. He falsely accused us of maltreating our people,” Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.

During his speech at the UN General Assembly last month, Cameron pointed the finger at Iran for backing terrorism, adding that Tehran and London had “severe disagreements” over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program and its human rights situation.

Ayatollah Khatami praised Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s address at the UN General Assembly, saying “irrational” remarks by the British premier should not overshadow Rouhani’s speech.

Khatami said the British government had a “black record” in the eyes of the Iranian nation, saying London is a major sponsor of the Israeli regime as well as terrorist groups like the ISIL and the MKO terror grouping.

He also called the so-called US anti-ISIL coalition as a “deceptive and hypocritical” coalition which pursues malicious objectives.

The cleric said the West created terrorist groups like ISIL as it did before to achieve certain anti-Islamic objectives.

The ISIL controls large swathes of Syria’s northern territory. The group sent its members into neighboring Iraq in June and seized large parts of land there.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, in Iraq and have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken.

 

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Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.

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