Iran investigating Saudi role in attacks

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times", the White House said in a statement. It's not that Iran isn't a state sponsor of terrorism, as Trump notes in his statement - it is.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also denounced the terror attacks, saying "indiscriminate" terror attacks are threatening the Middle East and the rest of the world. These aren't the first instances of Persian-language ISIS propaganda, but they represent a significant increase after years of failing to inspire Iran's Sunni population to join the Islamic State's movement.

"Iranian people reject such U.S. claims of friendship".

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Saudi Arabia and the USA were involved in the attacks.

Hezbollah and Iran are locked in twin military conflicts in Iraq and Syria against IS jihadists and Gulf- and Western-backed local opposition forces.

Outspoken lawmaker Ali Motahari said on Twitter that the attacks should not put Iran on the opposite side of Arab countries.

Wednesday's attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which also wounded more than 50 people, were the first claimed by IS in Iran.

Iran's powerful religious Revolutionary Guards blamed rival Sunni-led Saudi Arabia for the attacks, an accusation the kingdom's foreign minister dismissed.

The Saudi prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the defense minister, accused Iran in May of seeking to occupy the Islamic holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

Also pointing to Tehran's terrorist incidents, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed, "Such incidents will not create any dent in the will of the nation and officials and the Iranian nation will mightily continue their movement and push forward". The leaders of both those countries see Iran as an existential threat, a destabilizing actor that backs unsafe groups across the region.

In a statement yesterday, Guterres spokesperson said that "the Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks".

The comments sparked anger from Iranians on social media, who recalled the vigils in Tehran that followed the September 11 attacks.

Despite the attacks, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday pushed ahead a bill that would impose a new set of sanctions against Iran.

At least 13 people died and dozens were injured in gun and bomb attacks at the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine in Tehran on Wednesday.

Armed assailants apparently dressed as women attacked the parliament buildings in the morning equipped with assault rifles, handguns and suicide vests, killing security guards and ordinary people before taking hostages in the upper floors of the building.

Iranians have been repeatedly told that the mounting losses their country is suffering overseas are a sacrifice worth making in order to prevent attacks at home.

  • Leroy Wright