UAE dismisses Iran's allegations on terror attack

UAE dismisses Iran's allegations on terror attack

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have vowed to exact "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance for an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, as Tehran accused Gulf Arab states of backing the gunmen.

Saturday's attack, in which militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on an annual Iranian military parade in Ahvaz, was the deadliest attack in the country in almost a decade.

At least 29 people were killed in the southwestern city of Ahvaz when gunmen opened fire on a crowd watching a military parade on Iran's equivalent of Memorial Day.

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.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he held a U.S. ally in the region responsible.

Four assailants fired on a viewing stand in the south-western city of Ahvaz where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic republic's 1980-88 war with Iraq. Washington seeks to "create chaos and turmoil" in Iran so that the USA can "take charge" of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, before leaving for NY to attend a UN General Assembly meeting. Trump's own actions and the close coordination we have seen between his administration, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel on Iran raises the prospects of a different explanation: one in which the U.S. itself is actively pushing its allies and being pushed by its allies towards war with Iran.

The United States condemned the attack, with its UN envoy saying it had happened because Rouhani has "oppressed his people for a long time".

On Saturday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, several of whom died in the assault.

ISIS jihadists said via their propaganda mouthpiece Amaq that "Islamic State fighters attacked a gathering of Iranian forces" in Ahvaz.

President Hassan Rouhani vowed to deliver a "crushing response", while Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei linked the attack with the U.S. and its "allies in the region".

Who does Iran blame for the attack?

State media in Saudi Arabia did not immediately acknowledge the attack.

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In 2015, under then-president Barack Obama, the U.S. and Iran reached a landmark nuclear deal - also signed by China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany - where Iran limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The United States was not the only country to delay its messages of condolences to Iran - notably, unlike many other nations, it does not have an ambassador in Tehran.

Rouhani said Sunday that the US supports small nations in the southern Persian Gulf that in turn back the militants behind the attack.

Haley said Washington was trying to counter Iranian malign activities in the region as Tehran continued to test ballistic missiles, support terrorism and sell arms.

Elsewhere, Rouhani said that the US seeks to cause chaos in Iran, however, he said Washington will never reach its objectives.

An anti-government Arab group, the Ahvaz National Resistance, was reported to have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mr Rouhani is on a collision course with Donald Trump, whose decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal is, to Mr Rouhani's mind, directly to blame for Iran's financial crisis. "Mr. Rouhani can also use this global tribune for criticizing Trump's policies".

The hard-line daily Kayhan warned that Iranians would demand Saudi Arabia feel the "hard slap" of the country's power.

Two groups have claimed responsibility for the Ahvaz attack - but neither has provided any evidence.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi later said the UAE ambassador would be summoned over "partial statements" in support of the group behind the attack, without elaborating.

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