Iran blames Saudi for promoting 'terrorism' in its borders

Lucy Bush
June 15, 2017

One day prior to the terrorist attacks in Tehran, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iran had to be "punished" for what he called "its interference in the region".

Khamenei said the US and its allies' engagement in the Middle East to fight terrorism is a "lie" and referred to them as "the source of instability in the Middle East".

He also blasted any attempts at building bridges with the U.S., saying: "America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism. therefore, we can not normalise ties with such country".

More than two dozen people, including Iran's cultural attaché to Beirut, were killed and at least 150 others injured in that year when two explosions struck near the Iranian diplomatic premises in the south of the Lebanese capital.

In the meantime, deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig.

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Ayatollah Khamenei also broached the subject of the US's increased saber-rattling and further sanctions following Iran's recent presidential election.

Izadi, however, did not present any tangible proof to support the claims. During the Barack Obama era, Iran enjoyed the opportunity to fill the vacuum in the Middle East after the White House abandoned its traditional allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

He said this could be along the lines of the 1975 Helsinki accords - agreements signed during the Cold War to reduce tensions between western and Communist nations.

During a meeting with Annan in Oslo, Zarif pointed to the pressures imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia.

While acknowledging that the stance of the current White House administration on the deal's future "is not very promising", Jarif argued that since the deal involves several parties, they will not let the United States sabotage what took their common efforts to seal.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed USA for the creation of ISIS and also said that it's fight against Islamic State is a lie.

He added: "The US must know that the Islamic Republic will not back down from positions such as battling oppression and defending Palestine and will spare no efforts towards defending the people's rights".

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The comments sparked an immediate backlash from Iran.

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