Speaking to Express.co.uk, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Hossein Abedini, branded the Labour Party frontbenchers revolting and disgusting as he blasted both Jeremy Corbyn and leadership hopeful, Emily Thornberry, following their response to the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
Mr Abedini said: “To be honest it’s revolting and disgusting trying to defend a brutal regime. Related articles
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“They didn’t say even one word…“If you look at Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter account and his official statements, he never said anything.“Two years ago there was a bloodbath in Iran and he was asked questions, and Emily Thornberry was asked questions, as to what was their response to all those killings, and they said ‘we had to wait and see what happens’.
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The killing of the Iranian general marked a drastic escalation in the tensions between Iran and the US.Reacting to his death, Mr Corbyn said: The US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict in the Middle East with global significance.
The UK Government should urge restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States. He added: All countries in the region and beyond should seek to ratchet down the tensions to avoid deepening conflict, which can only bring further misery to the region, 17 years on from the disastrous invasion of Iraq.
Last night, Ms Thornberry – the Shadow Foreign Secretary – said on BBC Newsnight that the UK should be demanding an emergency sitting of the UN Security Council over the assassination.She added that she would say “we must bring the world together, there must not be a war, both sides must stop acting illegally and they have to step back”.
However, Ms Thornberry has previously been attacked for a letter she posted on social media addressed to then-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the subject of Iran and Israel’s actions in Iraq and Syria.She warned of escalation into war and suggested that the UK should sanction both nations, although many of the sanctions seemed to be aimed at Israel.