'Iran Wants World Free from Violence, Extremism'

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called terrorism and extremism as a result of the inefficiency of the current international situation, saying that Tehran wants a world free from violence and extremism.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a country that has always been the target of various forms of political and economic terrorism since its establishment, now stands with all the survivors of terrorism with valuable experiences. An experience gained at the cost of losing the best human beings of this civilized, oppressed and ancient land," Khatibzadeh said in a message on the occasion of International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on Wednesday.

He referred to the assassination of Martyr Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani by the US, saying that Iran has lost more people than any other country in the fight against terrorism.

"Lt. Gen. Soleimani was the most pacifist General in the country and the region and the great counter-terrorism commander who was martyred by the US state terrorism. According to his enemies, he also strongly resisted terrorism."

Khatibzadeh also pointed to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, including Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying, "For this reason, perhaps more than any other country, we can talk about ways to heal this pain [terrorism]."

Terrorism and extremism are the natural results of the inefficiency of the international situation, especially the recent developments and some political conspiracies at various levels, he added.

"These two problems are not limited to a specific region of the world, nor are they specific to a particular religion. Terrorism is derived from extremist, sinister and evil thoughts, and inefficient and illegitimate means."

Khatibzadeh also pointed to the situation in Afghanistan, saying, "What we see today in oppressed and beloved Afghanistan is state terrorism at its worst. The irresponsible and scandalous departure of the occupier from Afghanistan is the manifestation of this extreme logic."

"Today, Western civil society is well aware that the military adventures of the United States and some Western countries in our region have paved the way for the rise of terrorist groups, including the ISIL and al-Nusra Front, and a chain of unprecedented and brutal violence in our neighborhood," he said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to build a world free of violence and extremism, a world in which people determine their own fate and no nation is a playground for the ambitions and recklessness of other countries," the spokesperson stressed.

International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Iran has been the target of terrorist attacks in the past few decades and thousands of its citizens have been martyred by the terrorist groups, including Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK, NCRI or PMOI).

The MKO terrorist group has martyred 17,161 Iranian citizens, including late president Mohammad Ali Rajayee, former prime minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar, late Head of

Supreme Judicial Council Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, late Deputy Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff Ali Sayyad Shirazi, and 27 legislators, as well as four nuclear scientists.