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Iran blames USA for regional instability, creation of IS

15 June 2017
Iran blames USA for regional instability, creation of IS

Earlier, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani accused Washington of being an ally of Islamic State in the region.

Also on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, reacted to Jubeir's remarks, saying the comments by "inexperienced" Saudi diplomats against the Islamic Republic showed their ignorance about Iran and the region, stressing that Tehran would never tolerate Riyadh's warmongering policies.

Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has always been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran.

"You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East.who created Islamic State?"

In another development, the Iranian Intelligence Minister has assured members of the parliament that there is no longer a single active terrorist cell in the country.

Major General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, said Sunday that the government in Tehran had "documents and information" showing Washington's support of the extremist Sunni Islamist group.

Khamenei, in a written address read at the funeral of the victims of the attacks, said the comments would only serve to "reinforce hatred for the USA government and its agents in the region, like the Saudi [government]".

In a series of Twitter posts responding to Donald Trump's criticism of the country for "sponsoring terrorism", Khamenei wrote: "That US arms a terrorist group is what causes instability". Seventeen people were killed, and more than 50 others were wounded. On Friday, however, he turned his wrath for the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Iranian parliamentarian Abdolkarim Hosseinzadeh has suggested that June 7, the day when ISIS terrorists killed 17 people in twin attacks on Tehran, should be named as National Day of Solidarity against Terrorism.

At least 41 IS suspects have been arrested since the attacks, according to Alavi, who said Iran has dismantled suspected militant cells with increasing frequency in recent months. "If we don't slap the enemy" outside our borders, Iran's public prosecutor told the public in March, "he'll come to your door". The attacks on Tehran are likely to bear down on Iran both domestically and externally.