New York, Nov 19, IRNA-Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations said on Saturday that a report by the Fox TV Network affiliated to US defense department is 'an unfounded fabrication'. The report alleges that Iran is harbouring a member of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group.
In a letter to the US defense department TV network, the mission said the report was a 'mere lie' and against the basic and professional rules of journalism.
The network has recently aired a report claiming that Iran has harbored al-Qaeda No. 3 man, Saif al-Adel, in its territory in order to replace him by the terrorist group's ailing leader Osama Bin Laden as he was in a critical health condition.
Calling the report a 'blatant media fabrication and a mere lie', the mission said in its letter that as one of the primary victims of al-Qaeda terrorist acts in Afghanistan, Iran has repeatedly condemned the terrorist group.
Al-Qaeda gunmen martyred eight Iranian diplomats and IRNA reporter Mahmoud Saremi at Iranian consulate in Mazari-i-Sharif on August 8, 1998.
"Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have frequently said that neither the acts of terrorism nor the terrorist group of al-Qaeda are considered as Islamic," stressed the letter.
Referring to al-Qaeda as 'a threat to Iran's security', it added that attributing such allegations to Iran was 'ridiculous' as al-Qaeda clearly opposes Shia school of thought and the Shia principles.
The letter recalled Iran's full cooperation with international bodies in the international campaign against terrorism, particularly with the UN's al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee, and said that Iran was praised by the committee for its full cooperation.
It further called on the network to renounce its baseless report and "tell the truth to the audience."
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