Trump suggests Iran bears some blame for attacks

Trump suggests Iran bears some blame for attacks

"At this time of dismay, I express my deepest condolences and sympathies to Your Excellency, to the friendly people of Iran and the victims' families and wish the injured a speedy recovery", the president's message reads.

Trump said the USA would "grieve and pray" for the victims, but added: "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for both attacks, Iranian news agency FARS reported. It was the first time that ISIS, a Sunni Muslim group fighting Iranian-backed militias in Syria, has claimed responsibility for an attack in Iran and the choice of locations were also highly symbolic.

The attacks killed at least 12 individuals and wounded at least 42, according to Iran's Interior Ministry.

State TV said one of the attackers was killed by security guards and that a woman was arrested following Wednesday's attack.

Iran said on Thursday that gunmen and bombers who attacked Tehran were Iranian members of Islamic State who had fought in the militants' strongholds in Syria and Iraq - deepening the regional ramifications of the assaults.

The U.N Security Council also condemned "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks" in Tehran in the strongest terms and called for the organizers, perpetrators and financiers to be brought to justice.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 40 wounded in yesterday's attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the first claimed by IS in Iran.

But Trump also says the US grieves and prays for innocent victims and for the Iranian people.

"Our position on terrorism is very clear.Any terrorist attack in any country, in any capital, directed at innocent people is something that the UAE abhors and the UAE condemns", Minister for State Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.

Police take security measures and people wait near the scene after gunmen opened fire at Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in the capital Tehran, Wednesday.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee's Republican chairman and one of the bill's sponsors, said he recently reviewed top-secret intelligence that detailed Tehran's support for terrorism and other destabilizing actions.

"Terrorism is a global issue and it necessitates regional and worldwide convergence to fight extremism, terrorism and violence", said Rouhani. It was unclear where the 12 fatalities cited by IRNA and other Iranian media occurred and whether they included the attackers.

Despite the violence at Iran's parliament Wednesday morning, lawmakers returned to business by the afternoon.

A 24-second video released by Islamic State's Amaq news agency while the siege was ongoing purported to have been filmed inside the parliament building.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on Monday and closed their airspace to commercial flights.

Trump added his broadside against Iran, which the US has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.

Khamenei added that Iran, which is helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels including Islamic State fighters, had prevented worse attacks through its foreign policy.

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