Iran Slams Travel Ban as 'Racist,' 'Unfair'

Minister calls for US to join 'real fight' against terror
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2017 3:26 AM CDT
Iran Slams 'Racist,' 'Unfair' Decision on Travel Ban
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, talks with German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel at the Foreign Affairs Office in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.   (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)

Iran says the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair." Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is "regrettable" that Washington "closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the US," the AP reports. The spokesman did not elaborate on who the "main perpetrators" are. On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the ban "the greatest gift" for terror groups seeking recruits and urged the US to join "the real fight" against extremists, Reuters reports. (The impact of the ban could depend on how narrowly two words are defined.)

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