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Iran rejects U.S. terrorism accusations

Iran’s foreign ministry on Monday rejected as baseless comments by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, which it termed flagrant interference in Iran’s internal affairs, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. On Sunday, Powell accused Iran of supporting terrorism, saying it was time for the international community to put pressure on Iran to withdraw such support, including for groups that “are violently against Israel and the Middle East peace process.” Powell was apparently referring to such radical Palestinian groups as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which as Iranian officials frequently claim, receive “only political support” from the Islamic republic. “The U.S. unwavering support of Israel’s state terrorism is a clear proof of U.S. double standards on defining, identifying and combating terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said. Full Story

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