Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Iran Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Avenge Military Parade Attack

Iran Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Avenge Military Parade Attack

"Considering [the Guards'] full knowledge about the centers of deployment of the criminal terrorists' leaders. they will face a deadly and unforgettable vengeance in the near future", the IRGC said in a statement Sunday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed regional countries and their "US masters" for funding and arming the separatists.

State television gave a toll of 29 dead and 57 wounded, while official news agency IRNA said those killed included women and children who were spectators at the parade.

"These terrorists. were trained and organised by two".

Members of the terror group, he said, had lived inside Iraq for years but Iran granted them amnesty after the end of the Iraqi-imposed war in 1988. It is Americans who are provoking them.

"The UAE's historical position against terrorism and violence is clear and Tehran's allegations are baseless".

Tensions have been on the rise between Iran and the US.

Officials and an eyewitness said the gunmen were clad in Iranian military uniforms and had sprayed the crowd with gunfire using weapons they had stashed in a nearby park.

A spokesman for the group, Yagoub Hor Altasteri told the Persian service of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle that the attack was "a legitimate act" in response to what he described as "the transfer of water", "poverty", and "executions". "We are not waiting until there becomes a battle in Saudi Arabia, so we will work so that it becomes a battle for them in Iran and not in Saudi Arabia".

Only a year ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman explained in an interview that Saudi Arabia would take the fight to "inside Iran".

The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility for the assault, and Iranian officials appeared to believe the claim.

"We stand with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and express our sympathy to them at this bad time", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Khuzestan, which has a large ethnic Sunni Arab community, was a major battleground of the 1980s war with Iraq and it saw unrest in 2005 and 2011, but has since been largely quiet.

"This operation was a continuation of the other forms of war the United States and its allies are waging, directly or indirectly, first and foremost the oppressive economic sanctions", it said.

"The people of Iran obviously have now had enough", Giuliani said on Saturday.

For Saudi Arabia and the UAE, this makes strategic sense.

Speaking on Sunday, before leaving for the United Nations in New York, Mr Rouhani vowed that Iran would "not let this crime stand".

Rouhani's comments blaming the U.S. came as Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over them allegedly providing havens for the separatists.

Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of the Netherlands and Denmark, along with a senior British diplomat, on Saturday to issue a strong protest, Iran's state-run media reported.

"It is not acceptable that these groups are not listed as terrorist organisations by the European Union as long as they have not carried out a terrorist attack in Europe", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by IRNA.

"Based on its policy on using terrorism as a means...the USA is responsible for the durability of the ominous phenomenon of terrorism in the world, particularly in the Middle East, and it should be held accountable for violent behavior and measures by these groups", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday.

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