> Iran is ready to confront the United States and its Gulf Arab allies. That was the message from President Hussan Rouhani, the day after an attack on an Iranian military parade, in which 25 people were killed including 12 members of the elite revolutionary guard. On Sunday, Rouhani accused US-backed Gulf states of providing financial and military support for anti-government groups in Iran.
>> The victims fell as innocent martyrs undoubtedly the Islam Republic of Iran does not overlook this crime. It is clear to us which group they belong to and where they are linked. Those who repeat claims of human rights must be held accountable.>> On Saturday government opened fire in the city of Avas, targeting a viewing stand where officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of Iran's 1980s war with Iraq.
It was one of the worst ever attacks against the Revolutionary Guards, the swords and shields of the Shiites clerical rule, since the 1979 Islamic revolution. An Iranian ethnic carrier of opposition movement called the Evolved National Resistance claimed responsibility, as did Islamic State militants although neither have provided evidence.
But amid increasing tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, Rihani pointed the finger blame at the United States.>> Small public countries that we see in the region are backed by America and the United States is provoking them giving the necessary capabilities to commit these crimes.>> Since pulling out of the nuclear deal, the US has reimposed sanctions in a bid to force Iran into tougher curbs on its nuclear and missile program.
Tehran has ruled this out with Rouhani saying, Sunday, that Iran would overcome the sanctions and that the US would regret quote, choosing the wrong path.