The Foreign Office vehemently denounces an earlier radically anti-Iranian statement by the Group of Seven industrialized states as “baseless, one-sided and unjust.”
The statement was released at a meeting of the group’s seven members – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – in Germany on Tuesday.
He called for the “restriction of Iran’s nuclear program”, blamed Iran’s “ballistic missile activities” and accused it of “human rights violations”.
Later in the day, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said the country “strongly condemns” the statement’s anti-Iranian passages.
The statement, he said, “deliberately ignores” the United States’ withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and others and Washington’s subsequent reimposition of illegal sanctions against the Iranian people.
The Iranian official chastised the countries that issued the statement for cooperating with US sanctions and refusing to deal with coercive economic measures.
He also rejected any accusations directed at Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program, saying the statement “deliberately” ignores the Islamic Republic’s ban on all nuclear weapons. Kan’ani recalled that the G7 countries faced Iran with “dummy accusations”, while they themselves were in possession of the “largest nuclear arsenal” in the world.
The spokesman, meanwhile, blasted the statement for trying to paint Iran’s overall cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear body, in a bad light.
The official further dismissed all allegations against Iran’s “legitimate and defensive missile program”, recalling that the country’s missile work can never be negotiated or compromised.
“There is a need for the parties that issued the statement to be instead responsible for their sales of billions of dollars of advanced weapons, which are one of the most important factors of instability in our region,” Kan’ani said. .
Addressing the human rights accusations made through the statement, the official said the countries behind the allegations were the same states that turned a blind eye to the ‘gross violation’ of the nation’s rights Iran following the sanctions.