Spokeswoman Slams British PM’s Anti-Iran Remarks


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham strongly criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron for confirming the allegations that Israel has intercepted a shipload of Iranian mid-range missiles destined for the Gaza Strip.

Afkham’s remarks came after Cameron confirmed Iran’s “alleged attempt to ship missiles to be used against Israel.”

“British statesmen’s contradictory and double-standard approaches regarding Iran are surely in contradiction with their willingness to improve bilateral ties,” Afkham said.

She underlined that it is not the first time the British government makes unreal remarks aimed at marring Iran’s logical and humane approach.

Afkham deplored the “empty and illogical words” of the British prime minister about Iran, and said, “They will undermine current efforts to refurbish ties between the two countries.”

Last Friday, the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman dismissed as a media hype for propaganda the western and Israeli news reports alleging that Israel has intercepted a shipload of Iranian mid-range missiles destined for the Gaza Strip.

“The claims and extensive anti-Iran propaganda were made while the Zionist regime’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington to attend the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),” the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, military sources in Iran also strongly dismissed the allegations.

Speaking to FNA, an informed source in the Iranian Armed Forces rejected the news reports about the shipment of Iran-made weapons as sheer lie.

The spokesperson of Hamas’ Interior Ministry said that the seizure of the arms shipment by Israel is a pretext to justify the Gaza blockade. He said Hamas knows that Gaza’s maritime zone is under Israeli surveillance and that any ship that attempts to pass through would be stopped and that Gaza resistance forces are not so naïve as to send a large arms shipment via the sea.

The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah did not issue an official response to the takeover of the ship, but the Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Palestinian officials as saying that the operation raises questions regarding the timing of the operation.

“The ship has been sailing for weeks and it is seized exactly when Netanyahu is in Washington,” the official said according to the Israeli paper, and added, “The entire operation and the reports raise many questions regarding the timing and whether the event was real or fabricated.”

Israel is unhappy with Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and has sought hard to ruin the agreement through meetings with senior western officials and also through its powerful lobby groups in Washington.

To the same end Tel Aviv has tried to include the issue of Iran’s ballistic missile technology in the agenda of the talks between Iran and the world powers, an issue which has been strongly opposed by Iran.

After the latest round of successful talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 powers in Vienna late last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the media that Tehran and the sextet have promised not to surprise each other by raising new agendas in their future talks.

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