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Published: 1002 GMT June 20, 2018

Leader raps US policy on migrant family separation

Leader raps US policy on migrant family separation

International Desk

‘Bloody Yemen raid betrays evil nature of world bullies’

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday criticized the US administration’s separation of immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border, calling the move a crime.

“Seeing the images of the crime of separating thousands of children from their mothers in America makes a person exasperated,” Ayatollah Khamenei said during a meeting with Iranian lawmakers in Tehran.

“Americans separate the children from the immigrant parents with complete maliciousness,” the Leader said.

US President Donald Trump faces mounting public pressure over his zero-tolerance immigration policy, in which authorities plan to criminally prosecute all immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border illegally, holding adults in jail while their children are sent to government shelters.

The policy has caused an outcry in the United States and has been condemned abroad as videos emerged of youngsters held in concrete-floored enclosures and an audio of wailing children went viral.

Trump has strongly defended his administration’s actions and cast blame for the family separations on Democrats.

“Democrats are the problem,” Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday. “They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants.”


Evil nature of world bullies

Ayatollah Khamenei also deplored the Saudi-led military offensive to seize Yemen’s lifeline port, saying the US-backed assault is yet another indicator of the evil nature of bullying powers.

He said the “bloody” and “criminal” attacks against Hodeida by a number of countries possessing advanced weapons and with an aim to strip the Yemeni people of their control over a vital seaport “is another example of the evil nature of world bullies.”

The coalition has been attacking the port city, which takes in the bulk of the already-impoverished nation’s imports, since June 13.

The allies have been bombing Yemen since 2015 to restore its Riyadh-friendly former government.

The US provides the Saudi-led forces with logistical support, bombing coordinates, a commando contingent, and aerial refueling.


International conventions

The Leader also referred to recent debates in Parliament on joining the Financial Action Task Force and expressed opposition to joining the anti-money laundering convention.

He said that Parliament should instead prepare its own bills against money laundering and terrorism, saying the convention merely “secures the interests of big powers.”

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned the lawmakers against the content of international conventions which are mostly drawn up by hegemonic powers, adding that the parties that later join those treaties play no role in drafting them.

The conventions are then ratified by the governments, which are either aligned with those powers, intimidated by them, or accompany them in their policies, and thus take on an apparently international disposition.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that, hence, when an independent country like the Islamic Republic chooses to refuse such conventions, it is subjected to severe criticism. “Why don’t you accede to a convention when 150 countries have already done so?” the critics would say, according to the Leader.

Earlier last week Parliament suspended debate on joining FATF for two months. FATF was established by a G-7 Summit in France in 1989.

Reuters, AP and Press TV contributed to this story.


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