(MEE) — The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned US and Israeli leaders on Monday to count on a “devastating” response to an assault on a navy parade within the metropolis of Ahvaz.
Tehran blames “US-backed regimes within the area” for the assault and sees it as a part of a “plot”.
“You have got seen our revenge earlier than… You will notice that our response shall be crushing and devastating and you’ll remorse what you could have achieved,” Hossein Salami stated in a speech earlier than the funeral of the victims broadcast dwell on the state tv.
Hundreds of individuals packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian metropolis of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday’s assault, which killed 25 folks, together with 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Many chanted “dying to Israel and America”.
The coffins, wrapped within the flag of the Islamic Republic, have been carried by the mourners. Many held photos of a four-year-old boy killed within the assault, one of many worst towards probably the most highly effective navy power of the Islamic Republic.
4 assailants fired on a viewing stand in Ahvaz the place Iranian officers had gathered to observe an annual occasion marking the beginning of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 struggle with Iraq. Troopers crawled on the road to keep away from bullets. Girls and kids fled for his or her lives.
Salami’s feedback come a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused US-backed Gulf states of finishing up the assault.
“America desires to trigger chaos and unrest in our nation in order that it may possibly return to this nation, however these are unreal fantasies and they’re going to by no means obtain their targets,” Rouhani stated on Sunday.
“The small puppet international locations within the area are backed by America, and the USA is scary them and giving them the mandatory capabilities.
“The Persian Gulf states are offering financial, navy and political assist for these teams,” stated Rouhani.
A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official denied on Sunday that his nation had been concerned within the assault.
The “formal incitement towards the UAE from inside Iran is unlucky, and has escalated after the Ahvaz assault,” stated Minister of State for Overseas Affairs Anwar Gargash in a tweet.
“The UAE’s historic place towards terrorism and violence is obvious and Tehran’s allegations are baseless.”
An Iranian ethnic Arab opposition motion known as the Ahwaz Nationwide Resistance, which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, claimed accountability for Saturday’s assault.
The Islamic State (IS) group additionally claimed accountability, with neither group offering proof. In a while Sunday, IS’ Amaq company posted a video of three males in a car who it stated have been on their strategy to perform an assault on an Iranian navy parade. The video’s authenticity has not but been confirmed.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak “lethal and unforgettable vengeance” for the assault.
“Contemplating [the Guards’] full data concerning the centres of deployment of the prison terrorists’ leaders…, they are going to face a lethal and unforgettable vengeance within the close to future,” an announcement carried by state media stated.
The Iranian president engineered Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal that ushered in a cautious detente with Washington earlier than tensions resurged with President Donald Trump’s choice in Could to give up the accord and reimpose sanctions.
“America is appearing like a bully in direction of the remainder of the world… and thinks it may possibly act primarily based on brute power,” stated Rouhani on Sunday.
“However our folks will resist, and the federal government is able to confront America. We are going to overcome this example [sanctions], and America will remorse selecting the unsuitable path.
“Iran’s reply [to this attack] is forthcoming throughout the framework of legislation and our nationwide pursuits,” stated Rouhani, including that the USA would remorse its “aggressiveness”.
Rouhani’s allegation will doubtless ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, which together with the US have been working to isolate the Islamic Republic.
Regardless of Iran’s feedback, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman all condemned the assault on Sunday.
Washington additionally condemned assault on Sunday however stated the nation’s leaders wanted to take a look at causes for unrest.
“The US condemns any terrorist assault wherever, interval. We’ve at all times stood by that,” Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, instructed CNN.
However she stated of Rouhani: “He’s bought the Iranian persons are protesting, each ounce of cash that goes into Iran goes into his navy, he has oppressed his folks for a very long time and he wants to take a look at his personal base to determine the place that’s coming from.
“He can blame us all he desires. The factor he’s bought to do is have a look at the mirror.”
On Monday, US Protection Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed Iran’s threats of revenge and stated it was “ludicrous” for Tehran to allege US involvement.
Mattis instructed reporters on the Pentagon that Iran’s menace didn’t give him any concern.
“We’ve been very clear that they shouldn’t take us on like that. And I’m hopeful that cooler, wiser heads will prevail,” Mattis stated.
“They’ve up to now blamed a minimum of three international locations and I feel one terrorist group. We’ll see how lengthy the checklist goes. But it surely’d be good in the event that they knew what they’re speaking about earlier than they began speaking.”
There was no quick remark from Saudi Arabia on Rouhani’s allegations.
‘Puppets of the USA’
On Saturday, Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered safety forces to deliver to justice these chargeable for one of many assault.
The Revolutionary Guards are probably the most highly effective navy power within the nation and reply to Khamenei.
“This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states which might be puppets of the USA, and their objective is to create insecurity in our pricey nation,” Khamenei stated in an announcement printed on his web site.
Girls and kids died within the assault, through which the 4 attackers have been killed, state information IRNA company reported.
Together with Rouhani and Khamenei, Iranian analysts chatting with Center East Eye additionally accused Saudi Arabia of supporting the assault.
Fereidoun Majlesi, a former diplomat and international coverage professional, instructed MEE: “I feel the proxy struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran is coming into a harmful section.
“The terrorist assault in Ahwaz might be supported by Saudi Arabia because the officers in Riyadh have already said that they’d take the struggle contained in the Iran soil.
“The Saudis’ plan is unsuitable. They only united Iran. That is the attribute of Iranians. When folks in Iran face a hardship or an assault, they turn out to be united to defeat the invaders.
“I strongly imagine that such terrorist actions will solely improve the nationalism sentiment.”
Talking to MEE, Rasool Hosseini, a reformist international coverage analyst, stated: “I feel immediately’s assault is in keeping with the US and its regional allies’ technique to stress Iran.
“I ought to add that the US secretary of state said yesterday that they’d reply to Iran-backed militias’ offensive towards US pursuits.
“The assault occurred at some point earlier than Rouhani’s journey to New York [to attend the United Nations General Assembly].
“I feel Rouhani ought to now use this chance to convey this message to the world that Iran is without doubt one of the largest victims of terrorism, whereas the US labels Tehran because the state sponsor of terrorism.”
Assaults on the navy are uncommon in Iran.
Final yr, within the first lethal assault claimed by Islamic State in Tehran, 18 folks have been killed on the parliament and mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder and first chief of the Islamic Republic.
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