Sep 23, 2018, 5:03 PM
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UK: Protesting 'Iran International' TV channel most appropriate route

London, Sept 23, IRNA – Protesting “Iran International” TV channel is the best option, Foreign and Commonwealth Office told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Commenting on the UK stance over London-based TV channel act to release the interview with self-proclaimed Saudi-affiliated Al-Ahwaz terrorist group spokesman, he said Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed its concern in this regard on Saturday.

At least 29 people were killed and more than 70 others injured during Saturday morning terror attack in Ahvaz which took place during a military parade held to mark the 38th anniversary of an eight-year imposed war against Iran.

A few minutes after the incident, an interview with the spokesman of the terrorist group was broadcast by Iran's International TV channel, which is reportedly financed by Saudi Arabia.

The TV channel later claimed in a Twitter message that their goal was to act based on their professional responsibility and get the official response from the group, and the TV host challenged the spokesman for this action.

“Iran International has shamefully broadcast an interview with the spokesperson of the terrorist group that is behind today's terrorist attack in Ahvaz. We condemn this heinous act and call Ofcom to seriously react to this as an act in support of terrorism and violence,' Baeidinejad Tweeted.

He added that Iran is a fundamental advocate of professional media; media is part of today's political and social life, and plays an important role in exchanging political developments both nationally and globally.

However, the ambassador stressed, “Media should in turn respect professional ethics.”

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi announced on Saturday that the British diplomat was told that in the opinion of the Islamic Republic of Iran it was not acceptable at all that the spokesman for the Al-Ahwaz terrorist group was allowed to claim responsibility of the attack through a London-based TV network.

The British diplomat said upon learning about the terrorist move, the British ambassador who is on a homecoming visit released a statement in condemnation of the terrorist attack and similar position was taken by the British foreign office officials.

He said terrorist moves taking place in any place should be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly because terrorism knows no boundary. He also said he would reflect the Iranian government's protest to London.


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