The Islamic Republic of Iran struck back at President Donald Trump after a White House statement condemning an ISIS attack in Tehran also called out Iran for sponsoring terrorism.
“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote,” the White House statement declared.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Tehran attack, which struck at the heart of the Islamic republic. Both the Parliament and a shrine to the republic’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeni, were targeted by suicide terrorist teams.
A 2016 state department report on global terrorism found that Iran “remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif struck back at the White House statement Wednesday tweeting:
The White House statement was significantly more adversarial than the one put out by the State Department, which “condemned” the attack.
“We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran. The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world,” the department added.
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