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FM spokesman refutes US claims on al-Qaeda presence in Iran

Tehran, March 22, IRNA-Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Wednesday ruled out "unfounded and false" claims of the US that al-Qaeda members were present in Iran. [See Los Angeles Times article: Some U.S. Officials Fear Iran Is Helping Al Qaeda]

"Dissemination of such reports aim to cover up failure of the occupying forces in guaranteeing security of Iraq," said Asefi.

He said Iran's stances against al-Qaeda terrorist group is completely clear and Americans know quite well that "we have thus far acted on our international responsibilities regarding campaign against terrorism and uprooting the international intricacy which has its roots in the inequality and injustice caused by global hegemony."

"How can the US government, which itself has no commitment to the international regulations, speak of others' international responsibilities?" asked Asefi.

Undoubtedly, he said, under the current circumstances when security conditions in Iraq are worsening day by day and people in the country, as the biggest victim, are sustaining casualties and financial damage more than before, presence of the US occupiers will itself pave the ground for terrorist activities of such groups as al-Qaeda.

He added that Americans, which have no response for their public opinion, are laying blame on others and raising such subjects to cover up their weakness and failure.

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