|Tehran says Washington’s claims are baseless||
TEHRAN – In a statement issued on Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast vehemently refuted claims by Washington that Iran had a hand in the September 11 attacks and that an al-Qaeda member is in Iran.
According to the AFP, the U.S State Department on December 22 said it was offering a $10-million reward for information leading to the arrest of Khalil, whom it described as a "terrorist financier."
Khalil, also known as Yacine al-Suri, was put on a U.S. Treasury Department blacklist in July, when he was described as a high-level Al-Qaeda "facilitator" who operated from inside Iran since 2005" (allegedly) under an agreement between Al-Qaeda and the Iranian government."
Mehmanparast said that by repeating such hollow claims, which are made in line with its illegitimate political purposes, the U.S. would jeopardize the international peace and security.
He added that it is quite “evident” that the United States created al-Qaeda and then supported it.
He also said that Iran believes that the international community should be vigilant about the consequences of such “irresponsible” remarks by U.S. officials and express its deep concerns about them.
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