Iran rejects Donald Trump's comments on Tehran attacks

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 10, 2017

In the attack at the mausoleum, one suicide bomber blew himself up while the second one was killed in a gunfight, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News. The Islamic State group claimed both attacks. All in all, the two events left at least 17 dead and more than 43 injured. Iranians will not be intimidated by such attacks.

Claiming responsibility for the attacks, IS released a video purporting to show gunmen inside parliament.

The raids were the first claimed by ISIS inside tightly controlled Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

"They five arrested terrorists were Iranians". Abu Ayesha was killed at the time, according to the Iranian Intelligence Ministry. Iranian forces are backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad while the Shiite power also is supporting militias fighting against the extremists in Iraq.

A stamp commemorating the victims of the MEK's 1981 bombing.

The statement said Saudi Arabia "constantly supports" terrorists including the Islamic State group, adding that the IS claim of responsibility "reveals (Saudi Arabia's) hand in this barbaric action". In 1981, it was blamed for planting a powerful bomb in the headquarters of the ruling Islamic Republic Party, killing dozens of leading state officials. He concludes by threatening the royal family of Saudi Arabia and promises, "after Iran, it will be your turn".

As with many terror attacks, the timing of these incidents is particularly relevant.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have accused Saudi Arabia and the U.S of colluding to support the action, releasing a statement that said "this terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. President (Donald Trump), and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists".

This view has gained currency among several Arab countries since Trump's election.

As the funerals took place, Iranian authorities continued a widening crackdown.

When the latest attacks struck, the world's major players found themselves on two sides. "Iran is one of the region's most stable and democratic countries", the embassy said in the statement. "We will remain, God willing".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted in response: "Repugnant WH (White House) statement and Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by United States clients".

The rifts on display here are growing. The Sunni extremists are battling Iranian and Russian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq.

During the funeral, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the USA the "international" version of the Islamic State group and said Washington had exchanged democracy for money, a reference to a recent huge arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Other parts of Trump's administration have been striving to moderate that message.

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