ACCESSION NUMBER:344202 FILE ID:TXT101 DATE:05/16/94 TITLE:TERRORISM: AN IRANIAN EXPORT (05/16/94) TEXT:*94051601.TXT TERRORISM: AN IRANIAN EXPORT (VOA Editorial) (310) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America May 16, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) Iran is one of seven nations -- including Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Cuba and North Korea -- that support international terrorism. Iran is also the most active state sponsor of terrorist attacks. In 1993, Iran's intelligence services supported terrorist attacks -- either directly or through extremist groups -- aimed primarily at opponents of the regime living abroad. Iran was linked to several assassinations of dissidents during the past year. Iranian leaders continue to call for the murder of British author Salman Rushdie and threaten to take revenge on anyone who supports or protects him. In October, the Norwegian publisher of Rushdie's novel was shot and seriously wounded in Oslo. Three months earlier, 37 people died in a fire set by anti-Rushdie demonstrators -- part of a violent campaign fomented in part by Iran's ambassador to Turkey. Iran is the principal sponsor of several extremist Islamic and Palestinian terrorist groups -- including Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Lebanese Hizballah. Hizballah was responsible for the 1992 car bomb attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina, which left 29 people dead and over 240 others wounded. In 1993, Hizballah launched rocket attacks against civilians in northern Israel and continued its efforts to develop a worldwide terrorist infrastructure. Iran has worked to create a rejectionist front comprising Hizballah and 10 Palestinian groups based in Damascus to block efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. Iran's support of international terrorism is a betrayal of its obligations 1nder international law, the norms of civilized conduct, and the best interests of the people of Iran. The United States calls on Iran's leaders to cease their sponsorship of international terrorism. NNNN .