Home > News > World
Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 3:10:02 AM
Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 3:10:58 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned a decision by Iran's foreign minister to place a wreath at the grave of a former Lebanese Hezbollah leader accused of perpetrating attacks that killed hundreds of people.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was photographed on Monday laying a wreath at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughniyeh in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said in condemning the move that Moughniyeh had been responsible for "heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans."
"The inhumane violence that Moughniyeh perpetrated - and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran's financial and material support - has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region," Hayden said.
The condemnation came as the United States works with world powers to ensure Iran abides by an interim deal aimed at containing Iran's nuclear program.
"The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region," Hayden said.
(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State
Iran wants U.N. atomic agency to condemn Israeli drone 'aggression'
U.S. uses state secrets law to intervene in Iran-related lawsuit
Iran's president has not delivered on pledges of more freedom - U.N.
Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State
Rapists confess as Kenyan cleric takes up equality struggle
Myanmar worker admits to British murders in Thailand - police
France's Chirac snubs Sarkozy to back rival for 2017 presidential bid
Putin says Russia wants to move to national currencies in trade
Parcel containing bomb materials sent to Greek stock exchange
52% of global wildlife ‘gone’ in past 40 years: WWF
Hodgson dodges row by leaving Sturridge out of England squad
With Google Maps’ improved feature even ‘storefronts are visible’
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)