President Rouhani: Iran ready to confront USA, 'small mercenary states'

The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes and injured around 70 people

The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes and injured around 70 people

The province has seen separatist violence in the past that Iran has blamed on its regional rivals.

President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday Iran was ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies, a day after an attack on an Iranian military parade killed 29 people, including children and 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

The spokesperson described falsely the writer as a "political advisor".

Donald Trump's attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, told members of Iran's self-declared government in exile on Saturday that the US sympathizes with their efforts to overthrow that country's official government.

Iran denies Gulf Arab accusations that it seeks to extend its sway via proxies around the Middle East, calling for states in the oil-producing region to guarantee its security without the interference of the United States and other Western powers.

For his part, the mayor of Tehran, Mohsen Rafsanjani, joined the threat, stressing that "Emirates camps is more than just a goal!" The Islamic State, regional Arab separatists and other groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of reports of the attack, in a statement emailed to NPR.

Mostafa Koshcheshm, a Tehran-based political commentator and journalist, told Al Jazeera that the al-Ahvaziya movement had been "nurtured, supported, and trained by Saudi Arabia".

Iran has summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over allegedly harboring "members of the terrorist group" that launched an attack on a military parade in the country's southwest. "There is no love for Iran here in the United States and there's no love for the United States in Iran, and both sides are going to go back and forth".

Islamic State's Amaq agency has posted a video of three men in a vehicle who it said were on their way to carry out an attack on an Iranian military parade.

People threw themselves on the ground as bullets began to hammer down on the crowd
Image People threw themselves on the ground as they tried to escape the gunfire

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also tweeted that "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives". The shooting was one of the worst militant attacks in the country's modern history.

The memo details how the USA should coordinate with Israel and Saudi Arabia to build support - domestically and internationally - for a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a much more aggressive policy on Iran.

"It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organizations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe", Qasemi was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.

Shiite-dominated Iran considers the Al-Ahvazieh a separatist and terrorist group supported by Saudi Arabia, its Sunni-majority arch rival in the Gulf.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites, reported that IS said the attack was in response to Iranian involvement in conflicts across the region.

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that blamed U.S. support for a Saturday terror attack on a military parade.

Why does Iran blame its Gulf neighbours for the attack?

The difference being that the United States has issued a stern threat declaring it will take action against Iran for events neither Washington nor Tehran can provide any evidence for.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday said that US sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a "successful revolution", contrasting with administration comments that government change in Tehran is not USA policy.




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