“The hasty and false allegations made by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt against Iran shows lack of knowledge and is an interference in the internal affairs of an independent state, Qassemi said on Saturday, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
“I deplore the use of such terms and expressions by him (Hunt),” Qassemi said, adding that the UK foreign secretary has made “hasty and incorrect” comments about an issue that is basically not the business of his government.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Friday Hunt claimed that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual Iranian-British citizen jailed in Tehran on espionage charges, “isn’t the only person who is being detained, despite being totally innocent, as a pawn of diplomatic leverage,” Tasnim News Agency reported.
The British diplomat also described Zaghari’s imprisonment in Iran as “monstrous and totally unjust,” accusing Iran of “locking up innocent people as a tool of diplomatic leverage.”
Elsewhere in the Saturday statement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman reminded London of the atrocities it has been involved in across the Middle East, saying, “The UK foreign secretary had better take a look at his government’s record in the Middle East over the past decades and years, and observe what humanitarian catastrophes and crises the British government’s policies and support for terrorist groups and invading countries have wreaked on the Middle East nations.”
Qassemi also stated that the British government has had a role in the dire situation that people of Yemen, Syrian and Palestine are experiencing, such as extensive destruction, illness, displacement, poverty and starvation.
The countries that have purchased billions of dollars in arms from the UK have used the weapons to fan the flames of war, hatred and destruction in the region, Qassemi deplored, denouncing the British government’s role in such “heinous and shameful” conditions.
“They (the UK and other supporters of Saudi Arabia) must be ashamed of providing political support for the governments attacking Yemen, exporting the arms that massacre humans, and (creating) the catastrophe that has erupted in that country (Yemen),” he concluded.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now serving a five-year sentence in Iran on charges of espinage.