Iran warns U.S. and Israel of revenge after deadly parade attack

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2018

A top military official in Iran warned the US and Israel on Monday of a "devastating" response after he blamed the two countries of playing a role in Saturday's assault that killed 25, including 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards, Reuters reported.

Four militants attacked a Saturday parade marking the start of the 1980 to 1988 Iran-Iraq war, spraying the crowd with gunfire and killing 24 people.

At least 25 people died including 12 members of the Revolutionary Guards.

Describing the attack on defenseless people as an act of cowardice, the Leader noted, "According to [available] reports, this cowardly act has been perpetrated by the same people who are saved by Americans whenever they face a hard situation in Iraq and Syria" and whose operations are being financed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said on Monday that the attack was carried out by terrorists paid by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Iran's regional rivals.

Tehran accused Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark of harbouring terrorists after the attack on a parade ground in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, centre of Iran's Arab minority.

Speaking before a funeral for one of the victims on Monday, the Revolutionary Guards' deputy head Hossein Salami warned the USA and Israel in a speech broadcast on state television.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp has been the sword and shield of Shi'ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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

Meanwhile, The head of Iran's National Security Council said the country needed constructive dialogue to avoid tensions with neighbouring countries after an attack on a military parade on Saturday killed 25 people.

By accusing US-allied country in the Gulf of being behind the attack, Rouhani could have been referring to Saudi Arabia, the UAE or Bahrain - close USA military allies that view Iran as a regional menace over its support for Middle East militant groups.

The attack was claimed by an Ahvaz separatist group on an opposition televisioini station based in London by a spokesman based in Copenhagen.

The U.S. government strongly condemned the attack and expressed its sympathy, saying that "the United States condemns all acts of terrorism and the loss of any innocent lives". But it is unlikely the IRGC will strike any of these foes directly.

Rohani and U.S. President Donald Trump are both attending the UN General Assembly in NY this week.

Arab separatists in the region claimed the attack and Iranian officials have blamed them for the assault.

It also has steadily ramped up pressure on Iran to try to get it to stop what Washington calls "malign activities" in the region.

Accusations against Gulf countries will nearly certainly antagonise Iran's regional foe Saudi Arabia.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting in Tehran on Monday with a group of athletes and medal winners of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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