‘Terror acts expose West’s hypocrisy’

‘Terror acts expose West’s hypocrisy’


A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent terror attacks against two Iranian scientists are an indication of the West’s double standards towards terrorism.

“The assassination of nuclear academics has further revealed the West’s contradictory statements about fighting terrorism,” Spokesman for the Parliament’s (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Kazem Jalali told Fars news agency on Wednesday.

He said that the West used concepts such as human rights, democracy and terrorism as a “tool”, adding that the West needed to be held accountable for its double standards.

Jalali also condemned the US support for terrorist groups as proof of the West’s contradictory policies when it came to fighting terrorism.

Unidentified terrorists attached explosives to the vehicles of Dr. Majid Shahriari and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi in different locations on November 29. Shahriari was killed immediately after the blast, but Abbasi and his wife escaped the bombing with minor injuries.

Iran says the perpetrators behind the assassination could be traced through those who “illegally” included Abbasi’s name in Resolution 1747 adopted by the UN Security Council (UNSC) against Tehran in March 2007 as a “nuclear scientist” and thus paved the way for the terror attacks.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the inclusion of Iranian nuclear scientists’ names on the list of UN resolutions was “a very worrying signal.”

He also condemned the West’s silence on the attacks as well as its support for terrorist groups.

“Why do [they] not condemn such acts of terror and rather extend support to terrorist groups and shelter them in their countries?” he asked.

Jalali also censured the West over its double standards regarding the nuclear issue.

He said that the US is the only country that has used atomic bombs against another country and has also provided the Israeli regime with nuclear weapons while it seeks to block the access of other countries to peaceful nuclear technology.

The US and its Western allies have been repeating a rhetorical claim alleging that Iran may be secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, a claim vehemently rejected by Tehran and in an obvious contradiction to numerous inspection reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying non-diversion of Iran’s civilian nuclear program.


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