Iran Foreign Ministry slams US

June 5, 2007 at 4:47 pm (from the Iranain press)

The US officials have made irrelevant statements on the arrest of Iranian nationals for spy charges, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Tuesday.

He told IRNA, responding to a question about US officials interventionist statements about arrest of several Iranian nationals for spy charges, that those under arrest are subject to Iranian legal code.

The spokesman said that the US Administration had better respect the legal code of other countries, calling on the US to give up inappropriate recommendations to other nations and instead, review its own record of human rights inside covert prisons in Europe and violation of human rights of prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

“The US officials waged propaganda campaign against arrest of a number of suspects in Iran, while they have perpetrated numerous human rights violations against innocent people from various nations, abused them in CIA jails, and violated international regulations and human rights,” Hosseini added.

He said that the the US officials are used to employ double standard in dealing with Iranian nationals and termed their recent remarks about the spy suspects under investigation in Iran as and opportunist practice and without any logical basis, he said that they both support such people, conspiring against Iranian national security and stability, and continue with mistreatment of Iranians when they arrive at the US airports.

Hosseini said that the US Administration has committed disrespect for Iranian academics and expatriates living in the United States citing cancellation of membership of Iranian scientist from the US Chemical Association and arresting Iranian scholar Mr. Alavi for baseless allegations.

“The United States also has a bleak record of beating Iranian students by the US police, and getting in the way of Iranian businessmen,” he said adding that such practices are examples of American double standards towards Iranians.

Hosseini reminded the US officials to avoid interference in Iranian internal affairs with the aim of sowing discord among various tribes in the country, and said that such strategies are in contradiction with moral values and respecting sovereignty of other countries.

As per bilateral agreement in Algiers in 1981, the US has undertaken not to meddle in Iranian national affairs.

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