Iran’s Rouhani fumes at US after Ahvaz parade attack

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has fiercely criticised the US following a lethal assault on a navy parade.

Gunmen opened hearth at Revolutionary Guard troops within the south-western metropolis of Ahvaz on Saturday, in an assault claimed by each an anti-government Arab group, and Islamic State militants.

Mr Rouhani stated the “bully” US and the Gulf states it backed had enabled the assault.

The US has denied this and says it condemns “any terrorist assault”.

Mr Rouhani will face Donald Trump on the UN Common Meeting this week.

Saturday’s assault killed 25 individuals, together with 12 troopers, civilians watching the parade, and a four-year-old woman.

Ahvaz Nationwide Resistance, an umbrella group that claims to defend the rights of the Arab minority in Iran’s Khuzestan Province, stated the group was behind the bloodshed, whereas IS additionally claimed the assault.

Neither group offered proof to point out it was concerned.

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Talking on Sunday, earlier than leaving for the UN in New York, Mr Rouhani vowed that Iran would “not let this crime stand”.

“It’s completely clear to us who dedicated this crime… and whom they’re linked to,” he stated.

He alleged Gulf nation had supported the “monetary, weaponry and political wants” of the attackers.

He added: “The small puppet international locations within the area are backed by America, and the US is upsetting them and giving them the required capabilities.”

“The US confirmed the world their bullying nature and so they hold persevering with their unilateral insurance policies.”

Nevertheless, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley countered: “He [Rouhani] has oppressed his individuals for a very long time and he wants to have a look at his personal base to determine the place that is coming from.”

“The USA condemns any terrorist assault wherever,” she instructed CNN, however added: “He can blame us all he desires. The factor he is obtained to do is have a look at the mirror.”

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The gunmen shot at civilians and troopers

Mr Rouhani didn’t specify which “puppet” international locations he was referring to – however his feedback are extensively considered directed at Iran’s regional foe Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and Bahrain.

On Sunday, Iran’s overseas ministry summoned a UAE envoy in protest at “biased statements” made in help of the assault.

An adviser to the UAE crown prince had tweeted that “attacking a navy goal isn’t a terrorist act” and “transferring the battle deeper inside in Iran is a declared choice”.

Why does Iran blame its Gulf neighbours for the assault?

Iran has beforehand alleged that Saudi Arabia helps separatist exercise amongst Iran’s Arab minority.

Each international locations have been struggling for regional political and spiritual dominance for many years, and are engaged in a lot of proxy wars across the area, backing rival factions in Yemen and Syria.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by non secular variations – Iran is basically Shia Muslim, whereas Saudi Arabia sees itself because the main Sunni Muslim energy.

The UAE and Bahrain are carefully allied with Saudi Arabia.

Iran has additionally alleged that the gunmen had hyperlinks to its bitter foe Israel.

Iran considers Israel an illegitimate occupier of Muslim land – and has accused it of trying to undermine the federal government.

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Iran additionally summoned diplomats from the UK, the Netherlands, and Denmark on Saturday, accusing their international locations of harbouring Iranian opposition teams.

And why are US-Iran relations so tense?

The 2 sides have had thorny relations for many years.

The US has accused Iran of working a clandestine nuclear weapons programme, which Iran denies.

In 2015, below then-president Barack Obama, the US and Iran reached a landmark nuclear deal – additionally signed by China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany – the place Iran restricted its nuclear actions in trade for sanctions reduction.

Nevertheless, ties deteriorated after Mr Trump took workplace after which withdrew from the nuclear deal.

Since then, the US has introduced sanctions again into place, regardless of opposition from EU companions, China and Russia, and warned that anybody buying and selling with Iran would even be punished.

The US has additionally expressed help for anti-government protesters in Iran.

Extra typically, the US is deeply suspicious of Iranian exercise within the Center East – together with its affect in Syria and Yemen – and is an ally of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Trump is chairing a UN Safety Council assembly on Wednesday – and says the assembly shall be targeted on Iran.

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