Nov 24, 2022 07:36 UTC
  • Iran FM spokesman rebukes British foreign minister for supporting ‘anti-Iran war room’

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani has rebuked British Foreign Minister James Cleverly for supporting an "anti-Iran war room" by making "fraudulent slogans" on foreign-backed riots in the country.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Kan’ani reacted to remarks made by Cleverly on Tuesday after British police sent armed forces to protect offices of the Saudi-funded Persian-language "Iran International" channel in London against what they claimed to be “threats from Iran”.

“It is incredibly important that people feel able to speak openly and honestly about what is going on in Iran,” the top British diplomat told Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson noted that the network that the UK is hosting and supporting is actually "propagating terror and violence" in Iran.

“FM of a regime which hosts & backs an Org. that's freely propagating terror & violence against Iranian nation & its nat'l security, claims to take ‘importance of free, honest & open journalism seriously,’” he wrote.

Addressing the British official, Kan’ani added: “By such fraudulent slogans, you're supporting the anti-Iran war room.”

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry designated the Saudi-funded Persian-language network as a "terrorist organization" responsible for instigating deadly riots in Iran.

Iran's Intelligence Minister Esmail Khatib in an interview with website published on November 8 said "Iran International" has been designated as a "terrorist organization" by Iran's security agencies and those operating it have been declared "wanted" by the intelligence ministry.

“From now on, any kind of connection with this terrorist organization will be considered as entering the terrorist domain and threatening the country’s national security,” he said.