Ayatollah Khamenei: US behind Middle East insecurity

by Abel Hampton June 15, 2017, 1:35
Ayatollah Khamenei: US behind Middle East insecurity

Zarif also stressed that the United States could not affect Iran's relations with other countries.

Just hours later, early in the morning of June 7, twin terrorist attacks struck the Iranian capital.

Iranian forces have ventured outside the country's borders to kill the mastermind of last week's terror attacks on its parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, according to a security official.

Trump said "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has always been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran.

Khamenei said Iran had no intention of normalizing ties with the United States.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban and related groups and people with ties to them.

Two days later, the suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran killed 17 people. Doha denies their accusations of it backing Islamist militants and Iran.

Recall that in 1979, Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's Islamic revolution, and its enmity to Washington has always been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States is responsible for instability in the Middle East. That Islamic State should criticize the Islamic Republic for being too nice to its Jews suggests that a great deal other than sectarian identity separates the two.

The pragmatist president championed a nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran, in return for curbs on its nuclear program. And it seems to elude many others in the West. If U.S. rates rise, Saudi Arabia is seen likely to follow suit with its rates because the country's currency is pegged to the dollar. Being a Sunni in Iran may not be comfortable, but it is not life-threatening.

Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia and Iran's relations with India has made the Islamabad-Tehran relations complicated, Umer Karim, a doctoral researcher at Birmingham University, said Wednesday in Ankara.

A reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi'ite Iraq would be a boost to the Gulf Arab region, where tensions are sky high, both within and with Iran. And what if he is perceived to be already inside? The Tehran attacks were conducted hours later.

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