Trump reaction to deadly attacks in Tehran repugnant: Iran foreign minister

Angie Massey
June 9, 2017

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday attacks in Tehran by Islamic State that killed at least 17 people will increase hatred towards the United States and Saudi Arabia, state TV reported.

Mr Trump had said he prayed for the victims of yesterday's attacks that were claimed by the so-called Islamic State, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also denounced the terror attacks, saying "indiscriminate" terror attacks are threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world.

The country's Supreme Leader said the attacks will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday's attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killed 17 people and wounded more than 50.

That objective seems to be succeeding; in a statement released hours after the attacks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it held Saudi Arabia responsible for the Sunni jihadist group's actions and promised revenge.

The distrust of Iran was evident on Wednesday when shortly after the condemnation, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate acted in a procedural vote to move forward on a new set of sanctions on Tehran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards.

The ministry issued a statement on its website with bloody pictures of the men's corpses. They never named the country directly, but the implication was clear.

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However, Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) didn't waste any time blaming Saudi Arabia for the attacks.

People in the crowds, some crying, chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary "Death to America" and slogans against Israel, as they reached out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister was quick to reject allegations that Riyadh was involved, saying on Wednesday that the country "condemns terrorist attacks anywhere they occur and we condemn the killing of the innocent anywhere it occurs".

The terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the fatal attacks in Tehran.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader, used the attacks to defend Tehran's involvement in wars overseas.

Although this is the first evidence of an IS presence inside Iran, the government has clashed in the past with both Kurdish Islamic militants and secular Kurdish separatists. Two of them was captured and one of the attackers blew himself up inside the building.

All the four assailants that raided the parliament and the two that attacked the Khomeini Shrine were killed. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran's first supreme leader until his death in 1989. He did not elaborate.

Other reports by GizPress

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