Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks "repugnant"

Iran has indirectly suggested that Saudi Arabia, its major regional rival and a US ally, played a role in the attack.

A police officer stands guard as vehicles drive in front of Iran's parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 8, 2017.

The Islamic Republic of Iran struck back at President Donald Trump after a White House statement condemning an ISIS attack in Tehran also called out Iran for sponsoring terrorism.

Foreign minister Javad Zarif rejects statement by USA president that Iran fell victim "to the evil they promote".

He added that the "Iranian people reject such USA claims of friendship".

The double bombing in parliament and the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, two of Iran's biggest symbols, killed 17 people and wounded 52, according to the latest report of victims of the country's Legal Medicine Organization.

The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Reza Seifollahi, an official in the country's Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Iranian media as saying that the perpetrators of the attacks were Iranian nationals.

The two countries don't maintain diplomatic relations, and the Trump administration has emphasized the need to counter Iran's influence. It called the detainees "elements of the Wahhabi IS group", and said they were involved in operations, communication and logistics for the local Islamic State group cell.

"The US move [to impose new sanctions] proves that Iran is facing two Daesh groups, one in the region and one at the worldwide arena", he noted, calling Washington the "international IS", Mehr news agency reported June 9.

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.

The remarks by Zarif referred to the comments made by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, in May, who said Riyadh would bring "the battle" into Iran.

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.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards [IRGC] accused Saudi Arabia of masterminding the attacks, saying that the assaults "happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists". He concludes by threatening the royal family of Saudi Arabia and promises, "After Iran, it will be your turn".

  • Zachary Reyes