Iranian Embassy to Canada
Statement Concerning possible Retaliation by U.S.
September 19, 2001
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi stated that the Perpetrators of recent terrorist
attacks on the U.S. must be identified and punished harshly, but hasty decisions
would bear no tangible result to uproot terrorism. He also called attention
to possible U.S. retaliation strikes on Afghanistan and expressed concern over
the outbreak of a more serious human tragedy in the war torn country, and further
stated, We do not believe in order to punish a bunch of terrorists it
is legitimate to attack a country, which would lead to many casualties among
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, pointed out the agony of
the oppressed people of Afghanistan during the past 25 years and said
are those Muslim people once more to be crushed under the yoke of war
because some people are alleged to have taken part in the attacks involved in
President Khatami pointed to the fact that terrorism should be eradicated through
reasonable and fundamental efforts by all countries of the world, he stressed
any encounter with terrorism cannot be based on hasty or emotional reactions.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, wrote to President Khatami to urge him to do more
to help with the efforts to combat terrorism. In a reply letter, President Khatami
said: To extend this crisis to the whole world is in no ones interest.
In order to get rid of the scourge of terrorism today more than ever we need
perseverance and patience. We should not rush to take revenge. Terrorism is
a threat to humanity and needs to be fought in a concerted international effort
that deals with the root causes of terrorism.
Deputy Interior Minister, Gholam-Hossein Bolandian stressed the need for international
cooperation to provide relief to Afghan refugees in case of the expected U.S.
reprisals. Mr. Bolandian called on world relief communities including UNs
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to plan required emergency aid for the
Afghan people whom he said will be facing yet tougher dilemmas than what they
are tolerating now once the U.S. raids begin.
Iranians held candles during a vigil in Tehran, September 18, 2001, to mourn
the loss of life in the United States after hijackers crashed airliners into
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.