Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Zarif Says Saudi Arabia Supports Terrorists In Western, Eastern Iran

Zarif Says Saudi Arabia Supports Terrorists In Western, Eastern Iran

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".

Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia and Iran's relations with India has made the Islamabad-Tehran relations complicated, Umer Karim, a doctoral researcher at Birmingham University, said Wednesday in Ankara.

One day prior to the terrorist attacks in Tehran, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iran had to be "punished" for what he called "its interference in the region". "So, it will probably be abandoned by Tehran", Karim said.

"America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism... therefore, we can not normalize ties with such a country", Khamenei said.

In the meantime, deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig.

Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia funds Islamic militants including Islamic State.

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Zarif lamented that Washington "has not lived up fully to its commitment under the deal", while, Iran, for its part, has been "time and again" found in compliance with its provisions by the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA].

The top Iranian diplomat also exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at Oslo Grand Hotel.

"The claim of forming a coalition against Daesh is a lie; of course, Americans are against 'an uncontained Daesh, ' but if anyone would want to truly destroy Daesh, they [Americans] will counter them", he said, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

He also told high-ranking Iranian officials that "America's claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie", Reuters reports, while in an interview with Iranian media, he said the U.S. regarded his country as an enemy.

He mentioned that victims of terror in Iran include people of different ethnic and religious groups as terrorists have been targeting them as "Iranians" and not as individuals belonging to a certain ethnic or religious group.

The comments sparked an immediate backlash from Iran.

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