Iran slams UK Foreign Secretary's claims
Remarks by British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Iran as an attempt to divert global public opinion from British violations of human rights in the UK, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani said on Thursday, Press TV reported.
"It is quite regrettable that the British foreign secretary tries to divert world public attention from the violent and inhumane treatment of defenseless protesters by the country's police and security forces through his hostile allegations [against the Islamic Republic]," Ahani said.
This is while the British government supports the suppression of the innocent people in the region, which in some cases is carried out by British weapons, he added.
The Iranian official said the British government must be held accountable for providing weapons to countries that clearly deploy them to suppress popular movements aginst Western-backed dictatorships.
On Wednesday, Hague claimed that Iran's refusal to respond to its people's demands for greater freedom was isolating the country from the rest of the world.
The British foreign secretary also threatened that the UK would push the United Nations for a strong resolution condemning human rights abuses in Iran.
In his remarks, however, the British foreign secretary also alleged that Iran's support for popular movements in the Middle East and North of Africa was "breathtaking hypocrisy."