Zarif: Intelligence shows S. Arabia promoting terror in Iran's borders
Jun 15 2017
Following Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, both countries discontinued diplomatic relations.
"We have obtained accurate intelligence that Saudi Arabia supported the terrorists and asked them to carry out attacks in Iran", Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency.
The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called the U.S. the "source" of instability in the Middle East and said it was responsible for the creation of the Islamic State terror group.
He went on to say Iran had no intention of normalising ties with the United States. Iran repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia funds Islamist militants, including Islamic State.
"You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East ... who created Islamic State?"
"It is absolutely imperative.to establish a permanent mechanism for consultation, conversation and conflict resolution in our region, using some variation of the Helsinki approach", said the foreign minister, in reference to the 1975 Helsinki Accords.
"The American government is against an independent Iran".
Washington:Referring to Washington's role in the establishment and military support of the Daesh terrorist group, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that "the claims of establishing an anti-Daesh coalition are lies".
The Iranian leader also said the USA and Saudi Arabia are in partnership when it comes to funding Sunni militants.
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". The fingers of blame were pointed at Saudi Arabia and the United States, who were accused of being behind the attacks.
More than a statement of sectarian rigidity, the Revolutionary Guard's statement implicating Saudi Arabia in Wednesday's attacks should be seen in the context of ever-worsening strategic tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.
At least 41 IS suspects have been arrested since the attacks, according to Alavi, who said Iran has dismantled suspected militant cells with increasing frequency in recent months.
The Arab states would need to link people or entities on their blacklist to those United Nations sanctioned groups or to breaches of the Iran arms embargo if they wanted to propose that they be subjected to United Nations sanctions.