Root cause of terrorism US interest in destabilizing region: FM spox

TEHRAN, Nov. 01 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the terrorist attack in New York, saying “the root cause of terrorism is the policy pursued by the United States and their allies in the Middle East region.”

Denouncing the tragic incident happened near the World Trade Center in New York's Lower Manhattan, Ghasemi said "taking the tactic of invading and killing innocent and defenseless citizens in the streets and public places reflects the cruelty and brutality of terrorist groups like ISIL that proves they are not adhering to any moral or ethical principles."

“The people of Iran, as one of the victims of terrorism, remember the bitter memories of these events whenever such incidents occur in any country,” Ghasemi added.

We believe that the root cause of the inhuman, ominous and cruel phenomenon of terrorism is a policy and approach that, at some points, the United States and its allies have taken in the Middle East to create, cultivate, support and use these groups to achieve their goals and interests in destabilizing the region,” he underlined, adding the only way to eradicate their plots is to deal seriously along with integrity and transparency on behalf of all countries.

Eight people were killed and almost a dozen injured when a 29-year-old man in a rented pickup truck drove down a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center Tuesday in Manhattan, New York City.