United Nations general assembly, Iran attacks, UK Labour Party

Marsha Scott
September 25, 2018

Ahvaz is in the center of Khuzestan province, which has been the site of sporadic protests by Iran's Arab minority.

Mr. Rouhani - who will be in New York City for a key United Nations meeting this week - blamed the US and its Arab partners for the attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, which killed at least 25 people and wounded 70 more.

The spokesperson described falsely the writer as a "political advisor".

"The government is ready to counter any action by the USA, and the Americans will regret this", Rouhani said.

However, Emirati academic Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, has tweeted on the Ahwaz attack by saying: "A military attack against a military target is not a terror act".

After addressing a similar parade in Tehran to commemorate the start of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, Rouhani warned that "the response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be crushing".

Such attacks tend to unite Iranian reformers and hardliners despite sharp differences over domestic and foreign policies.

"John Bolton, the national security adviser, penned a memo last August in which he specifically said the USA should be providing assistance to the Khuzestan Arabs, the group that this entity claims to represent, the entity that perpetrated this terrorist attack", Parsi told CNN.

Senior Guards commanders have said the Ahvaz attack was carried out by militants trained by Gulf states and Israel and backed by America. Officials in Tehran point to comments by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, now next in line to the throne in Iran's Mideast archrival.

Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists who claimed Saturday's attacks in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

Armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the dead included a young girl and a former serviceman in a wheelchair.

A 4-year-old boy who was wounded during Saturday's terror attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz has died, Iran's state TV reported on Sunday.

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In a keynote speech, he vowed to boost Iran's ballistic missile capabilities, despite Western concerns that were cited by his USA counterpart Donald Trump in May when he abandoned a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also called the attack a "continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States".

Attacks on the military are rare in Iran.

"I think Rouhani should now use this opportunity to convey this message to the world that Iran is one of the biggest victims of terrorism, while the USA labels Tehran as the state sponsor of terrorism".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said the assault was the handiwork of "regional terror sponsors" and "their US masters".

State television blamed "takfiri elements", a reference to Sunni militants, for the attack.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said those who have provided "propaganda and intelligence support" for the terrorists are accountable for the attack.

"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.

Iran and Saudi Arabia back opposing sides in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria as well as rival political groups in Iraq and Lebanon.

The National Council comes to NY annually during the United Nations General Assembly, staging protests outside the world body against Iran's leaders who are in town.

The statement also criticized Britain over a British-based Saudi-linked Farsi-language satellite channel immediately airing an interview with an Ahvazi separatist claiming the attack.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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