DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the USA of being a “bully” that desires to create insecurity within the Islamic Republic, a day after an assault on a navy parade that killed 25 individuals, together with 12 members of the nation’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani attends a information convention on the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria July four, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Talking earlier than leaving Tehran to attend the U.N. Common Meeting in New York, Rouhani accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of offering monetary and navy help for anti-government ethnic Arab teams.
“The small puppet nations within the area are backed by America, and the USA is scary them and giving them the required capabilities,” mentioned Rouhani.
The assault was one of many worst ever in opposition to the Guards – essentially the most highly effective navy power within the nation – and is certain to ratchet up tensions with Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia.
“Iran’s reply (to this assault) is forthcoming inside the framework of legislation and our nationwide pursuits,” mentioned Rouhani, including that the USA will remorse its “aggressiveness”.
An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition motion known as the Ahvaz Nationwide Resistance, which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, claimed duty for the assault.
“The Persian Gulf states are offering financial, navy and political help for these teams,” mentioned Rouhani.
Islamic State militants additionally claimed duty. Neither declare supplied proof. All 4 attackers had been killed.
The assault, which wounded at the very least 70 individuals, focused a viewing stand the place Iranian officers had gathered within the metropolis of Ahvaz to observe an annual occasion marking the beginning of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 battle with Iraq, state tv mentioned.
“Hopefully we’ll overcome these sanctions with the least potential prices and make America remorse its aggressiveness in direction of different nations, and significantly Iran,” mentioned Rouhani.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) has been the sword and protect of Shi’ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Hardliners such because the Republican Guards have gained standing on the expense of pragmatists in Iran’s multi-tiered management since President Donald Trump determined in Could to drag the USA out of the 2015 worldwide nuclear take care of Tehran and re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Writing by Michael Georgy; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Louise Heavens