Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Iran Claims US Responsible for Creating Daesh

Iran Claims US Responsible for Creating Daesh

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called the USA the "source" of instability in the Middle East and said it was responsible for the creation of the Islamic State terror group.

On Sunday, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mostafa Izadi, claimed Tehran had obtained "documents and information" that purport to prove that Washington has been directly supporting IS to wage "a proxy warfare in the region".

The Ayatollah made the allegation during a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials, according to his official website.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed the US of disregarding its part of obligations under the nuclear deal, adding that US President Donald Trump will be forced to stick to it under worldwide pressure.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have escalated as Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed the deadly June 7 Tehran attack on Saudi Arabia.

The pragmatist president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

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

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 terror attack in Tehran left 17 people dead and 45 injured after jihadi's bombed the city's parliament building and the landmark building which features the tomb of Iran's first supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Iranian boat reportedly came within less than mile of the American ships, before it fired a laser at the helicopter. "Most of our problems with them can not be resolved". Trump has frequently called the agreement "one of the worst deals ever signed" and said Washington would review it.

Zarif said Iran is "alert", adding, "We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged in promoting terrorist groups" operating near both the eastern and western borders of Iran.

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