“The sponsor of all these small mercenary countries in the region is the United States,” said Hassan Rouhani.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Sunday to give a “crushing response” to the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf, following the attack at a military parade in the southern city of Ahvaz, the responsibility of which was attributed to the armed group al-Ahvaziya .
“The United States is acting like a bully towards the rest of the world … and thinks that it can act on the basis of brute force, but our people will resist and the government is ready to face the United States by giving a ‘crushing response’,” Rouhani said. .
The president accused the US-backed Persian Gulf states of providing financial and military support to Arab groups opposed to Iran , including the al-Ahvaziya group, alleged perpetrator of the attack in Ahvaz, in which some 25 people died. eve.
Four gunmen in military uniform shot at Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers marching in a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the start of their war with Iraq (1980-1988) in Ahvaz, southwest Iran.
Speaking to the press, before traveling to New York to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), Rouhani said that the United States wants to cause insecurity in Iran with the help of “small mercenary states” in the region.
“Americans want Iran not to have security. They want to create chaos and confusion and establish the conditions so that they can return to the country one day and take the reins as they did in the old days, but none of this is possible, “he said.
“These are unattainable dreams and the United States will never achieve any of these objectives,” Rouhani added, according to a report by Press TV.
Rouhani made reference to Washington’s hostile policies towards Iran, including its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement, under “illusory excuses”, which put the nation under pressure, however, reiterated that the Iranian people will “resist.”
“Everyone will join hands to leave behind these difficult times with the grace of Allah (God). The Americans will regret what they did, ” the president stressed.
Rouhani said that the United States is provoking the regional states against Iran, and that proof of this was the terrorist attack in Ahvaz, in which 12 soldiers and dozens of people died, including women and children.
“It is totally clear to us who did it, who they are and where they are affiliated. The sponsor of all these small mercenary countries in the region is the United States. The Americans provoke them and give them the right conditions to commit these crimes, “he added.
He indicated that these acts will have no effect on the will and direction of the Iranian nation, which he stressed, “has risen and has withstood much larger crimes.”
Rouhani also condemned the terrorist group al-Ahvaziya, a mercenary organization of the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and his Ba’ath party, which claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 20 people were injured.
He praised the people of Ahvaz for the strength with which he resisted the attack on Saturday, as well as the way he “bravely endured eight years” of attacks by Saddam Hussein’s forces, he said, and stressed that the attack will not go unpunished.
“Iran’s response to these crimes will be within the framework of the law and the national interests of the country,” said the Iranian president, after paying tribute to the residents of Ahvaz.
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