UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Iran
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    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday voiced its strong condemnation of "the deadly terrorist attacks" in the border city of Pishin in Iran, which left at least57 people dead and 150 others injured.

    The condemnation came as Vietnamese UN Ambassador Le Luong Minh, who holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, was reading a prepared statement to the press here.

    "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attack that occurred in the border city of Pishin in Iran on Oct. 18, 2009, causing at least 57 deaths and150 injuries," the statement said.

    "The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and the Government of Iran," the statement said.

    "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Iranian authorities in this regard," said the statement.

    "The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts," the statement said. "The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law."

    "The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations," the statement added.

    On Monday, a statement, issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson here, said, "the secretary-general strongly condemns yesterday's terrorist attacks in the Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran which resulted in the death of a large number of people and many injured."

    "He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and wishes those injured a full recovery," the statement said.

    Early on Sunday, a deadly bomb attack occurred in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan near Iran's border with Pakistan, killing at least 40 people, including a number of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders, and wounded 30 others, reports said.

    The Sunni rebel group Jundallah (God's soldiers) has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack, the reports said.

    Expressing condolence over the incident, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that the "terrorist attack" was carried out by the foreign-bound criminals.

Editor: Yan
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