RNA - “The fresh US allegations and claims against Iran are a clear example of shameless falsification to corroborate remarks by the country’s president and are for domestic consumption inside the US,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.
Qassemi made the remarks after the release of a 19-page al-Qaeda report in Arabic, which claimed Iran had supported the extremist group before the 9/11 attacks.
The document, part of nearly 47,000 documents recently released by the CIA, quoted the group’s slain leader Osama bin Laden as saying, “Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric.”
It claimed that Iran and al-Qaeda could overlook their differences and join forces when it came to confronting the US.
The US government's 9/11 Commission has made similar allegations, saying Iranian officials met with al-Qaeda leaders in Sudan in either 1991 or early 1992.
Qassemi said US officials have yet to comment on these documents, but added that the country’s government and intelligence agency had a dark record of falsifying such documents and deceiving the world public opinion and even the American people to achieve their own political and strategic goals.
He emphasized that fair consciences in the international community have no doubt about the US role in creating and intellectually and ideologically nurturing of terrorist groups over the past two decades.
The publication of such fake and hallucinatory documents would not change the internationally-acknowledged facts about the countries that are intellectually guiding terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and those who have played a role in creating them and providing them with military, political and logistic support, the Iranian spokesperson pointed out.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday dismissed US allegations about Iran’s support for the al-Qaeda terror group, describing the claims as an attempt to “whitewash” the truth about the role US allies had in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.
Ignoring the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi nationals, the US government's 9/11 Commission makes yet another wild claim, alleging that eight of the hijackers who kept passengers on the hijacked flights under control passed through Iran before arriving in the US.