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Western media empire attempts to distort realities, change definition of terrorism: President Raeisi

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (C) speaks in a meeting in Tehran on September 26, 2022 with the family of Iran’s anti-terror icon, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. (Photo by

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has sternly criticized the Western media for attempting to provide a distorted perception of realities of the world to their audience, saying every effort must be made to prevent this from happening.

Raeisi made the remarks in a Monday meeting with the family of Iran’s anti-terror icon, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated outside Baghdad International Airport in January 2020 on direct orders from then US President Donald Trump.

He lashed out at the enemies of the Islamic Republic for making attempts to distort realities through Western media outlets.

"Today, the [world] hegemonic system, which relies on its media empire, is trying to change the definition of terrorism and pass itself as the hero of the fight against terrorism," Raeisi said.

Raeisi said General Soleimani has turned into one of the "symbols of the Islamic establishment," saying that's why the enemies bear grudges against Iran's top anti-terror commander.

Addressing the 77th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Wednesday, Raeisi called for prosecution of former US president Trump, stressing that Iran would pursue the assassination of Soleimani.

Elsewhere in his Monday remarks, Raeisi noted that in numerous speeches and meetings he had during his recent trip to New York, he emphasized that European countries and the United States are now trying to whitewash the anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), which has the blood of more than 17,000 innocent Iranian people on its hands.

Raeisi said the US and Europe have removed the MKO from the list of terrorist groups and are even supporting them.

The European Union, Canada, the United States, and Japan had previously listed the MKO as a “terrorist organization.” In 2012, though, the group was taken off the US and the European Union's lists of terrorist groups.

The ill-famed MKO is currently based in Albania, where it enjoys freedom of activity.

Back in February, Kazem Gharibabadi, the Judiciary chief’s deputy for international affairs and secretary of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, warned Europe that its support for the MKO would come at a price just as it did with the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Gharibabadi censured the European Parliament for supporting the MKO and referring to it as ‘political opponents’.

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