Jan 05, 2019 16:31 Asia/Tehran
  • Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi
    Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Saturday slammed UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's remark as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs.

Iran Press /Iran news: In a statement Issued on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has censured the “offensive”, “hasty”, “meddlesome”, untrue” and anti-Iran remarks by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt concerning the case of Nazanin Zaghari, Iran Press reported.

“Regrettably, the British Foreign Secretary has made several hasty and false statements in recent days on a subject that does concern his country. His hasty and untrue remarks indicate his lack of sufficient knowledge about the issue, and is considered as an act of intervention in the domestic affairs of an independent state,” The statement added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman suggested the British diplomat to instead look at his respective government's record in the Middle East over the past years to see how the British government's policies and support of terrorist groups and aggressive countries have caused humanitarian crises in the Middle Eastern nations.

 “A look at the wretched situation of people in Yemen, Syria, Palestine, …, from the widespread destruction, outbreak of diseases, displacement and homelessness to poverty and hunger, reveals the role of Hunt’s respective government and the measures of those countries that have purchased billions of dollars' worth of weapons from the UK to wage war and spread destruction in our region,” Ghasemi added.

"These governments should be ashamed of their political support to the aggressive states in Yemen and the sale of weapons of mass destruction that has caused such a massive-scale catastrophe in this country", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman stressed.

Nazanin Zaghari arrested over links to 2009 Iran riots according to Iranian judiciary verdict.

Zaghari was among the suspects who 'conducted activities against the security of the country' during the post-election 'sedition' in 2009, according to Yadollah Movahed, the head of the Justice Department in the Iranian city of Kerman

“In 2014-2015, the intelligence service of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps in Kerman Province identified and arrested members of one of the groups," Movahed said. “Some members of the group were outside Iran, including the suspect Nazanin Zaghari,” he added.

Intelligence authorities arrested Zaghari at the Imam Khomeini International Airport on 3 April 2016 on her way home to London.

The post-election riots in Iran, described by Western media as "Twitter revolution" and "sedition" by Iranian authorities, broke out after one of the candidates alleged fraud following his loss in the presidential polls.

In early September 2016 Zaghari was sentenced to five years' imprisonment 'for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government'.


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