The U.S. and Israel are to blame for a deadly suicide bomb attack in Iran on Wednesday, the country’s President Hassan Rouhani has claimed.
Speaking on state television Thursday, Rouhani said the deadly attack was the latest example of America’s support for terrorism in Iran, aided by Israeli and other unnamed regional allies.
At least 27 members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated next to their bus on a road in the restive province of Sistan-Baluchestan in the southeast of the country.
Though a Sunni Muslim militant group—Jaish al Adl, meaning Army of Justice—claimed responsibility for the attack, Rouhani said the influence of foreign actors was clear, Reuters reported.
“The crime will remain as a ‘dirty stain’ in the black record of the main supporters of terrorism in the White House, Tel Aviv and their regional agents,” Rouhani said. In the past, the Iranians have also blamed its Sunni rival Saudi Arabia of being behind similar attacks, though Riyadh has denied the allegations.
Jaish al Adl—founded in 2012—is fighting for improved rights and living conditions for ethnic minority Baluchis in the southeast of the country. Predominantly Sunni,the Baluchi community claims it is oppressed by the Shiite theocracy. Jaish al Adl has launched several attacks in the region, including against Pakistani border guards, in recent years.
Rouhani’s accusation came as more than 60 nations attended a two-day Middle East security conference in Warsaw, Poland, led by the U.S. The summit appears to be a way to further isolate and undermine Iran, and is being attended by representatives from Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, among others.
Speaking at the conference, Vice President Mike Pence said attendees had agreed that Iran represents the “greatest threat” in the Middle East, and demanded that America’s European allies follow Washington’s lead and withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Pence added that U.S. sanctions on Iran “will get tougher still unless and until Iran changes its dangerous and destabilizing behavior.” President Donald Trump and his administration have demanded a renegotiation of the Obama-era deal to include restrictions on Tehran’s ballistic missile program and regional influence.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif added his criticism of the U.S., describing the summit as a “charade” and “another attempt by the United States to pursue an obsession with Iran,” Al Jazeera reported.
Zarif also accused the U.S. of involvement in Wednesday’s bomb attack. “Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?” he wrote on Twitter. “Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots? US seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Iran, on February 11, 2019. ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
- Iran's Revolutionary Guard ready for 'any scenario' as tensions escalate
- Is Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terror group as US says?
- US brands Iran's Revolutionary Guard a 'foreign terrorist organization'
- US to Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a Terrorist Group - Report
- Germany Slams Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Chief for Threatening to Destroy Israel
- IRGC Blasts ‘Coalition of Demons’ in Gulf, Warns War With Iran Would ‘Endanger Israel’s Survival’
- Rouhani Blames US, Israel For Attack on Iran's Revolutionary Guards - Reports
- Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei: U.S. Trapped and Outflanked Since 1979 Revolution
- US-Iran tensions are on the rise. Here's what that could mean for Australia
- Can Pakistan's Imran Khan reset ties with Iran?
- Can Pakistan's Imran Khan mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia?
- US tells Iran to 'look in the mirror' after Rouhani blames it for Ahvaz attack
- Iran, Pakistan agree to joint border 'reaction force'
- Hague says Iran will face 'serious consequences' over embassy attack
- Iran scraps 'some commitments' to nuclear deal
- Iran taunts Britain by hosting its flag over seized UK tanker: State TV broadcasts new footage of Tehran's forces on the decks of the UK-registered Stena Impero
- Iran's IRGC Navy Chief Warns Israel's 'Illegal' Presence in Gulf Could Start War
- Tensions run high after Iran shoots down US drone
- Iran deal: Donald Trump may have put the Middle East on a path to disaster
- Donald Trump launches all-out attack on Iran AND China and condemns Tehran's 'bloodlust' as he tells Beijing 'America is watching' crackdown on Hong Kong and accuses Xi of manipulating the world's trade system
Iran Blames America, Israel for Suicide Blast That Killed 27 Elite Revolutionary Guards have 743 words, post on www.newsweek.com at February 14, 2019. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.