News ID: 272387
Published: 0240 GMT August 02, 2020

Terrorists organizing murder from safe havens in US, EU: Zarif

Terrorists organizing murder from safe havens in US, EU: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at Western countries for financing and harboring terrorists, saying the safe havens provided for these groups in the United States and Europe have given them a platform for organizing the murder of innocent civilians.

“The west must cease financing and harboring terrorists,” Zarif tweeted late Saturday night.
“From their safe havens in US and Europe, they promote hatred, agitate and organize murder and mayhem, and shamelessly claim responsibility for the murder of innocent Iranian civilians,” he added, Press TV reported.
“Smokescreens can’t obscure this hypocrisy.”
His tweet came a few hours after the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said it busted the ringleader of an anti-Iran terrorist group based in the United States.
Iranian security forces managed to arrest the head of the terrorist group, JamshidSharmahd, who directed “armed operations and acts of sabotage” in Iran from the US, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Following a complicated operation, the ringleader of the group, named Tondar (Thunder), was arrested and he is “now in the powerful hands” of Iranian security forces, it added.
The ministry said it has dealt a heavy blow to the Tondar group that planned and carried out a deadly terrorist attack on Seyyed al-ShohadaMosque in the southern city of Shiraz, Fars Province, in 2008, which killed 14 people and wounded 215 others.
It noted that the terrorist group had also planned to carry out other large-scale operations, like blowing up several sites, including Sivand Dam in Shiraz, the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini in southern Tehran, and Tehran’s International Book Fair, which were all foiled.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday that the US must be held accountable for “supporting this terrorist group [Tondar] and other [terrorist] outfits as well as criminals that lead sabotage, armed and terrorist operations from within the United States against the Iranian people.”
“The US regime considers itself to be standing by the Iranian people while it harbors and supports in different ways the known terrorists and those who have claimed responsibility for several terrorist operations inside Iran and who have the blood of innocent Iranian people and citizens on their hands,” he added.
Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi said,“People like Sharmahd make a mistake by relying on the US and the Zionist regime, as these two support them as long as they serve their interests.”
“Although Interpol was tasked with arresting him, no action was taken against him, which shows the West’s empty slogan of fighting terrorism,” he pointed out.
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