Iran has condemned the recent deadly terrorist attack in New York, offering condolences to the families of the victims.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the incident on Wednesday, a day after a pick-up truck plowed into the people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.
The attack killed eight people and injured 11 others.
The suspect, reportedly a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police.
Qassemi said the terrorist groups’ tactic of attacking and massacring defenseless civilians on the streets and public venues was indicative of the terrorists’ ruthlessness and brutality.
He said such incidents reminded the Iranian people, who have themselves been victims of terrorism, of the bitter memories of the suffering they have gone through.
He said terrorism was rooted “in the policy that the United States and its allies have at certain junctures adopted in the Middle East to create, nurture, support, and exploit” terrorist groups for their own objectives and interests.
The only way to eradicate terrorism, he said, is for all countries to adopt a serious and honest approach to confronting the scourge.