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Marsha Scott
June 15, 2017

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US of destabilizing the Middle East by providing support to extremist groups active in the region.

The Leader also noted that the recent accusations by US President Donald Trump over Iran supporting terrorism were preposterous.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban and related groups and people with ties to them.

Trump commented that one reaps what it sows.

Iran's state television quoted an Intelligence Ministry source as saying that the twin attacks in Tehran were being treated as terrorist incidents.

Relations between the two neighbours are at their most tense in years.

Khamenei's hardline loyalists, drawn from among Islamists and the Revolutionary Guards, fear that normalization of ties with the United States might weaken their position.

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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. At least 17 people were killed in the terrorist attacks, along with the six assailants, one of them female; more than 40 people were injured.

The Iranian leader also said the USA and Saudi Arabia are in partnership when it comes to funding Sunni militants.

Zarif said the US's failure to honor its obligations was not a new issue and that Iran had little economic interaction with the U.S. beyond the purchases of aircraft, which he said proceeded well despite the US's failure to perform in other areas. Last Wednesday, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the Iranian parliament in Tehran and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution.

Though the crown prince did not elaborate on his remarks, analysts say it can not be anything other than doing terrorist activities inside Iran.

A reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi'ite Iraq would be a boost to the Gulf Arab region, where tensions are sky high, both within and with Iran.

Later on Tuesday, Zarif held talks with his Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed, calling for political talks between Qatar and Saudi Arabia for settlement of their current issues.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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