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Iran rejects Powell's terrorism accusations as baseless

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi speaking in Tehran on Monday rejected as 'baseless' recent statements by US secretary of state terming them a flagrant interference in Iran's internal affairs, IRNA reported.

Colin Powell and his Israeli counterpart Silvan Shalom in the US-Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) policy conference Sunday accused Iran of supporting terrorism.

Powell said it is time for the international community to put pressure on Iran to withdraw its support of terrorist, including such groups that 'are violently against Israel and the Middle East peace process'.

The US unwavering support of Israel's state terrorism is a clear proof of US's double standards on defining, identifying and combating terrorism, Asefi underlined.

"The US is persisting with its erroneous policies in the Middle East," he added.

He further defended Iran's 'transparent polices in the peaceful use of nuclear energy'. Iran itself has been a victim of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and is categorically against production and use of such armaments in the world.

Furthermore, Iran is seriously committed to this principled and humanitarian view, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

Powell's statements in AIPAC, as a venue where most acrimonious views are uttered against Muslims and freedom seeking nations, has adversely influenced the conduct of US foreign policy, Asefi reiterated.

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