On Saturday, terrorists opened fire on a military parade in southwest Iran killing at least 29 people. Iran vows a ‘crushing’ retaliation to those who orchestrated the attack. President Hassan Rouhani claimed U.S-backed rivals were accountable for the terror act.
“It is perfectly clear to us who were behind the attack and what their affiliation is,” Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Sunday before travelling to New York for the U.N general assembly. “The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be crushing.”
Although Rouhani didn’t specify the country, government officials have pointed out the involvement of Saudi Arabia, the arch enemy of Iran. Tehran has long accused Saudi Arabia of supporting separatist and sectarian groups.
“Those who keep repeating their bogus stance on advocating human rights must be held accountable; all those small mercenary countries in the region which the US backs and provokes,” added Rouhani.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme leader stated on his website on Saturday that “this crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country.”
Iranians aired their frustrations and anger on social media over the unfair western media coverage of the attack. The Western and Saudi media have refrained from naming the tragic incident a terrorist act and only used the word “attack” instead.
The U.S ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Iranian leaders should look closer to home.
Asked about Rouhani’s comments, Haley told CNN: “He needs to look at his own base to figure out where that’s coming from. He can blame us all he wants. The thing he’s got to do is look in the mirror.”
The U.S secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, echoed Haley’s views and told FOX news, “When you have a security incident at home, blaming others is an enormous mistake.”