Iran rejects US charge of being top terror sponsor

An Iranian soldier stands guard in front of a picture of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the anniversary ceremony of Iran's Islamic Revolution in Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2016. (Reuters)

Iran has rejected an annual US State Department report that called it the world's leading sponsor of terrorism.

State TV on Sunday quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari as saying the report is "false" and further evidence of the "lack of credibility of reports by the US State Department."

As in many previous years, the report identified Iran as the world's "foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015" through its financing, training and equipping of various extremist groups, notably Lebanon's Hezbollah, as well as the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

But Tehran has defended its support for Palestinian militant groups, saying they have the right to resist Israel's occupation.

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