Iran's ambassador to London has lashed out at Reuters news agency for publishing fake news about recent protests in Iran, saying it is very questionable when a foreign media with no correspondents or office in Iran claims to know the exact number of people killed in recent protests in the country.

Iran Press/Iran news: Commenting further Hamid Baeidinejad said: "It was precisely because of its misleading news and fake news about Iran, and its history of anti-Iran propaganda, that Reuters news agency was asked to leave Iran a few years ago, and its offices were shut.

"Reuters does not have any correspondents in Iran and does not even have an office in Iran, so its claim that 1500 people have lost their lives in the recent protests in Iran is very dubious and very questionable," he said in a tweet according to Iran Press.

"Even Amnesty International which is keen to overestimate the number of those killed, and disputes Iranian government figures, accepts that about 300 people were killed in total in the recent rioting in Iran. This is far below what Reuters has claimed," Iran's ambassador to London noted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Hamid Baeidinejad said: "The fake news peddled by Reuters also claims many women were killed as a result of the recent rioting in Iran. This is, of course, a false claim since in general, few women took part in the recent rioting and violent protests."

Baeidinejad also lambasted Reuters, which is part of the Thomson Reuters Group, for peddling outright lies and misinformation about Iran, saying for many years this has been the policy pursued by Reuters vis-a-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. He also strongly criticized Reuters for publishing fake news with regards to last September's attack on Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Reuters claimed in September that at a meeting of senior security officials in Iran it was decided to launch an attack on Aramco oil processing facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia.

The Ansarullah movement of Yemen has accepted responsibility for last September's Aramco attack, saying missiles and drones used in that attack were Yemeni-made. The United Nations has also dismissed reports of Iranian involvement in the Aramco attack, saying there is no evidence to back up this claim. Despite the stance taken by the United Nations, Reuters has continued to publish fake news in relation to Iran. 101/211


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