ACCESSION NUMBER:354037 FILE ID:TXT501 DATE:07/22/94 TITLE:G-7 CALLS FOR HALT TO IRANIAN TERRORISM (07/22/94) TEXT:*94072201.TXT 1-7 CALLS FOR HALT TO IRANIAN TERRORISM (VOA Editorial) (330) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America July 22, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) At the Group of Seven meeting in Naples this month, leaders of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan -- along with Russia -- condemned international terrorism and reaffirmed their resolve to combat it. In particular, they called on "all countries involved to renounce support for terrorism, including financial support, and to take effective action to deny the use of their territory to terrorist organizations." In recent years, Iran has been the most dangerous state sponsor of international terrorism. As the U.S. State Department has pointed out, the Tehran regime views terrorism as a tool for achieving political objectives, and acts of terrorism are approved at the highest levels of the Iranian government. Iran's intelligence services have supported terrorist attacks -- either directly or through extremist groups -- aimed at opponents of the regime living abroad. Iran has been linked to several assassinations of dissidents in recent years. 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. Iran also supports extremist Islamic and Palestinian groups, which seek to derail the Arab-Israeli peace process. These groups include the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, HAMAS, and the Lebanese Hizballah. Hizballah has been responsible for some of the worst acts of terrorism of the last decade, including the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina which left 29 people dead and more than 240 others wounded. Hizballah has also launched rocket attacks on civilians in northern Israel. The United States, its Group of Seven allies, and Russia have called on the government of Iran to abandon its support for international terrorism. Such support is a betrayal of the norms of civilized conduct and the interests of the people of Iran. NNNN .