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Iran denies speculation of al-Qaeda links within the country

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by Joseph Earnest April 23, 2013  

Newscast Media TEHRANIran has denied allegations that it has ties with al-Qaeda, after Canada claimed that al-Qaeda had operations in Iran, and planned attacks inside Canada. The New York Times reported on Monday that two suspects had been arrested in connection with a plan to derail a passenger train. The Times said the two suspects had been given direction by al-Qaeda iniside Iran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has reportedly denied the accusations according to the Tehran Times.

“This is the most ludicrous thing I have heard in my 64 years,” Salehi told reporters.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, “We are opposed to any kind of violent actions that put the lives of the people in danger. The extremist Canadian government has put the Iranophobia project on its agenda over recent years and has pursued hostile measures."

Iran believes the hostility directed toward it by the West in unjustified, and that U.S. officials are seeking to serve their interests in the region.

The Islamic Republic has also said that the crisis in Syria can only be resolved through diplomatic means.  Add Comments>>











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