NSC condemns Iranian foreign minister for honoring Mugniyah memorial

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said on Tuesday that the United States condemns the action taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javaf Zarif Khosari to place a wreath on the grave of Imad Mugniyah.

Mugniyah is a former leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, and is responsible for acts of terrorism and the deaths of hundreds of people, including Americans.

"The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region," Hayden said.

Hayden said the Lebanese Hezbollah continues to cause violence in the region with the financial and material support of Iran. The continued violence has destabilized the region.

Mugniyah was killed by a car bomb in February 2008 in Damascus, Syria. He had been a top leader of Hezbollah since the 1980s

The NSC is the president's forum to discuss national security and foreign policy matters with senior advisors and cabinet members. The National Security Act created the council in 1947.

The vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of defense and the assistant to the president for national security affairs regularly attend council meetings.