Middle East

Iran reacts angrily to UN criticism over executions

Iran's state TV is reporting that the Iranian foreign ministry has reacted angrily to U.N. criticism of the country's execution of 20 Kurdish militants earlier this month.

The Saturday report on Iran's state TV website quotes foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as accusing the West of meddling in internal Iranian affairs.

Ghasemi says, "while Iran is itself victim of terrorism, it will do its best to maintain the safety of its citizens."

His comments follow a Friday statement from the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, criticizing Iran for the executions.

Ghasemi says that the judiciary had found the 20 men guilty of several charges, including attempting to establish a militant group, making explosives and planting bombs in Iranian cities.