Iran says Saudi supports militants on its turf after attacks

Iran says Saudi supports militants on its turf after attacks

United States is a "terrorist country" so no chance of normalising ties, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says.

Police killed four Islamic State [IS] suspects in the southern province of Hormozgan, the ISNA news agency reported on Monday, quoting police chief Azizollah Maleki.

Following Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, both countries discontinued diplomatic relations.

The US is opposed to the principle of Iran's independence, the Leader noted, arguing that even if Iran was being governed by a non-religious and non-revolutionary but an independent establishment, the US would again oppose it.

He has made several statements denouncing the United States since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, while President Donald Trump has spoken out against Iran in harsh terms since taking office, indicating he will reverse the previous admistration's attempts at rapprochement with Tehran. The IS-affiliated attackers shot people and blew bombs on the premises of the Parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum.

Last week, the Revolutionary Guards linked the "brutal attack" to Donald Trump's visit last month to Riyadh, where the United States president pointed the finger at Iran for fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".

One day prior to the terrorist attacks in Tehran, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iran had to be "punished" for what he called "its interference in the region".

But the deal has not led to the normalisation of ties between the two countries Mr Rouhani hoped for.

"They did not come from Iran. They have problems with the existence of Islamic Republic of Iran.Most of our problems with them can not be resolved", the Fars news agency cited him as saying.

Ayatollah Khamenei's hardline loyalists, drawn from among Islamists and the Revolutionary Guards, fear normalisation of ties with the USA might weaken their position.

"This terrorist act took place a week after a joint meeting between the United States president and head of a reactionary regional country [Saudi Arabia] which has been a constant supporter of terrorism", the statement said.

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