TEHRAN, June 8, YJC - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed the US president’s comments on Tehran terror attacks as “repugnant” after Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame at Iran itself, in a reaction which was met with criticism even at home.
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"Repugnant WH (White House) statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship,” Zarif tweeted on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Trump offered contradictory comments over the twin attacks in Tehran, on the one hand offering solace and on the other blaming the victim for the deadly operation claimed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
The US president pointed the finger at Tehran itself, arguing that victims are sponsors.
"We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote,” claimed Trump.
The State Department had initially released a more benign statement on Wednesday, in the wake of the attacks in Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, which left at least 13 people dead and more than 43 others injured.
"The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world,” the statement by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
The White House’s reactions drew criticism from Washington DC-based non-profit organization, National Iranian American Council, which voiced support for the people of Iran in the wake of terror.
"We support the people of Iran who have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the values of tolerance and diplomacy, despite the hardships they face,” the organization said.
"We underscore that administrations that cannot empathize with human suffering risk losing their humanity, and presidents that cannot genuinely recognize victims of terrorism are incapable of leading the fight against terror,” it added.
Meanwhile, the United States Congress has started work on imposing extra sanctions against Tehran, partly for what the bill describes as Iran’s "support for acts of international terrorism.”
The GOP-controlled Congress acted in a procedural vote to advance the new set of sanctions against Iran despite calls by Democrats.
Key Democratic figures such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and California Senator Dianne Feinstein called for a delay in the vote out of respect for the fallen in the wake of the attacks but to no avail.
"On a day when Iran has been attacked by ISIL (Daesh), by terrorism, now is not the time to go forward with legislation calling for sanctions against Iran,” Sanders said in a statement.
"Today when they are mourning, when they are dealing with the shock of a terrorist attack, today is not the day to go forward with this piece of legislation,” it added.