France's foreign ministry on Friday (Sept. 18) said that there was no evidence to suggest the armed wing of Lebanon's Hezbollah was storing chemicals to make explosives in France after a senior US official said the group had set up caches in Europe since 2012.

Iran PressEurope: Speaking on Thursday, Nathan Sales, the US State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism accused the Hezbollah of smuggling and storing chemicals, including ammonium nitrate, from Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

Ammonium nitrate is an industrial chemical commonly used in fertilizers and explosives used for quarrying and mining.

"It stores these weapons in places so it can conduct major terrorist attacks whenever its masters in Tehran deem necessary," Sales said in a briefing without elaborating or providing evidence of the activities.

"To our knowledge, there is nothing tangible to confirm such an allegation in France today," foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in response to Sales' allegations.

During a recent visit to Beirut, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed that Hezbollah had been elected by the Lebanese people and that there is a partnership between Hezbollah and other Lebanese parties.

The United States and its allies have stepped up efforts to increase pressure on the resistance in the region following the successes of Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon in countering terrorist groups in the region.

Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah, as key members of the Resistance Front, play a key role in countering US-Israeli conspiracies and actions in the region.


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