Iran’s UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaei
A deadly attack against Israeli tourists took place in the Black Sea city of Burgas, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia on July 18.
Israeli officials were quick to accuse Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah of carrying out the attack.
“It’s amazing that just a few minutes after the terrorist attack, Israeli officials announced that Iran was behind it,” Mohammad Khazaei told a UN Security Council meeting.
He said that Iran condemns any form of terrorist act, emphasizing that such acts could only be carried out by Israel itself.
“While condemning any terrorist attack in whatever form and manifestation, with regard to the terrorist attack in Bulgaria, I should make it clear that we have never [engaged] and will not engage in such a despicable attempt,” he added.
“Such a terrorist operation could only be planned and carried out by the same regime whose short history is full of state terrorism operations and assassinations aimed at implicating others for narrow political gains,” he said.
The Iranian envoy said that he could provide many examples showing that the regime “killed its own citizens and innocent Jewish people during the last couple of decades.”
He said that Iran was itself a victim of terrorism, citing the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists as an example.
Since 2009, five Iranian nuclear scientists have become the target of terrorist attacks, which killed four of them.
Iran blames the US and Israel for the strings of deadly attacks against its nuclear experts.