IRAN:  Iran describes Microsoft's accusations of launching cyberattacks linked to the US elections as "absurd"

On Friday, Iran described the statements made by the American “Microsoft” group that Iranian pirates had targeted the US presidential campaign, with “ridiculous” accusations.

The giant “Microsoft” group of technical industries announced Thursday that it had detected cyber attacks in recent weeks from Russia, China and Iran, targeting people and organizations associated with the preparations for the US presidential elections that will be held on November 03.

The official Iranian agency quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh as saying that “the United States, which has been interfering for decades in elections in other countries like Iran, has no right to make such ridiculous statements.”

Microsoft reported hacking operations that came from Iran that attacked the individual accounts of people surrounding Donald Trump’s campaign.

“As for Tehran, it does not matter who is in the White House. What is important is Washington’s commitment to respect international rights, rules and standards, not to interfere in the affairs of others and respect their obligations,” Khatibzadeh said.

Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that they do not favor any candidate for the US presidential elections.

The differences between Tehran and Washington escalated when Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international Iran nuclear deal signed in May 2018, before re-imposing severe economic sanctions on Tehran in the name of a policy of “maximum pressure” aimed at forcing Iran to agree to a “better deal”


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