BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States of wanting to cause insecurity in Iran, a day after an attack on a military parade killed at least 25 and injured 60, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
Speaking from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, on Sunday, before leaving for New York City to attend the UN General Assembly, Rouhani accused the US of allowing its Gulf Arab allies to dispense financial and military support to armed anti-government groups in Iran.
“All these little mercenary countries that we see in this region have the backing of the United States. It is the Americans who are agitating them. It is the Americans who are providing them with the required circumstances to commit such crimes,” Rouhani said.
“The response for these crimes will be given to the criminals of this incident within the framework of law and the framework of national interests,” said Rouhani before adding that the US will regret its “trespassing and meddling in the affairs of countries.”
On Saturday, gunmen opened fire from behind the stands of a military parade in Ahvaz commemorating the 38th anniversary of the onset of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, killing at least 25 and injuring around 60 people.
Eight members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were among those killed, according to reports.
Both the separatist Al-Ahvaziya armed group and the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.
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