Accusations Fly After Attacks on Tehran

He also said the attackers were armed with AK-47s and hand grenades and wore what appeared to be explosive vests.

"Where terror knows no bounds, there must be no limits to our empathy and humanity". We share in the grief of the people in Iran.

At least 42 people were wounded and 13 lost their lives. He also said the USA was grieving and praying for the victims of the attacks. He told a group of students that if "Iran had not resisted", it would have faced even more troubles.

During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Trump also called for a harder line against Iran advocating for the isolation of the country which he said had "fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror". Iranians will not be intimidated by such attacks.

Trump said he prayed for the victims of the twin attacks targeting Iran's parliament and a key shrine, but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

India, too, slammed the raids and expressed solidarity with the Iranian people.

Five assailants who died in the attacks "had ties to Wahhabi groups", the ministry said in a statement published by Fars news agency, referring to the austere form of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. When war broke out in Syria in 2011, the U.S., Turkey and some Gulf Arab states supported various insurgents opposed to Iran-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack, marking the first time it has taken responsibility for an assault in Iran.

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has condemned the twin extremist attacks in Tehran, describing them as part of an "international, destructive plan" backed by various regional governments. Reza Seifollahi, a member of the country's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Iranian media saying the attackers were Iranian nationals.

In a message released by the Kremlin after Wednesday's attacks, Putin said Russian Federation "resolutely condemns" the violence.

Greek Foreign Ministry also flatly denounced the terror attacks in the Iranian capital. "Concrete and practical measures must be adopted in order to tackle the menace of terrorism", the ministry said in a statement.

The United States and several allies in the Middle East have been fighting against the Islamic State.

"The Iranian people reject such US claims", Zarif said via Twitter. "It is time for the world to unite against this scourge".

There is plenty of truth in this view, given the extent to which Iran's powerful and hard-line Revolutionary Guard Corps dominates the country's foreign policy and supports militancy elsewhere.

  • Leroy Wright