After Al Arabiya English report, Trump admin condemns Iran role in 9/11 attacks

Mohammad-Javad Larijani listens during a discussion following the report of the late Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir on the situation of human rights in Iran. (AFP)

The United States State Department has condemned Iran’s role in facilitating the September 11, 2001 attacks after a report by Al Arabiya of an Iranian official’s a Farsi language interview.

In comments to the Washington Free Beacon, the State Department said that it was taking a top Iranian official’s explanation of the events tied to the travel of the 9/11 attackers as an admission of guilt in enabling the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

In an interview with the Iranian state TV broadcast on May 30 and circulated by activists on social media networks, Mohammad-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, narrated the details of the Iranian regime’s relations with al-Qaeda and how the Iranian intelligence supervised the passage and relocation of al-Qaeda members in Iran.

In the interview, which Al Arabiya translated a part of, Larijani said: “The lengthy report of the 9/11 commission which was headed by figures like Lee Hamilton and others mentioned in pages 240 and 241, i.e. in two or three pages, queries Iran’s role in the issue (and said that) a group of reports stated that al-Qaeda members who wanted to go to Saudi Arabia and other countries like Afghanistan or others and who entered Iranian territories by land or by air asked the Iranian authorities not to stamp their passports (and told them) that if the Saudi government knows they’ve come to Iran, it will prosecute them.”

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