Wednesday, December 22, 2004

US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi

US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi: "US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi

Shahr-e Kord, Aug 8, IRNA -- Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younesi said here Thursday that the weakness of the US intelligence service (CIA) will be evident while considering its inability to understand Iran's internal affairs.

Younesi made the remarks in his talks with reporters during his ne-day visit to the southwestern province of Chaharmahal and
Bakhtiyari.

Pointing to news on the deployment of more US spies in the region, e said, they need no new spies regarding the presence of the
terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

Asked about US threats to attack Iran, he said, such measures were only possible in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq which did not have a popular government.

Several allegations raised by the United States against Iran on possession of weapons of mass destruction are meaningless because as senior Iranian officials have repeatedly announced this is religiously prohibited, the minister added.

They (the Americans) accused Iran of support for terrorist groups while the major world terrorist group, MKO, who had committed massacres of Iranian people are currently under the protection of the
United States, he said.

He also rejected news on exchange of al-Qaeda members who are detained in Iran with members of the MKO arrested in Europe and said, the arrested al-Qaeda members will be tried in Iran and their trial will have its natural course.

Iran's intelligence service is powerful and the country pays lower costs whenever the professional and experts proposals and ideas of the Ministry of Information are taken into consideration, he said.

Touching upon the case of Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian freelance photojournalist, he said, the Intelligence Ministry asks for free and transparent investigation of the case and is ready to have all-out cooperation to this effect.

He also congratulated the `Journalists Day' and paid tribute to IRNA correspondent, Mahmoud Saremi, who attained martyrdom along with eight Iranian diplomats on August 8, 1998 in Afghanistan."

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