Iran FM calls Trump’s condolences for attacks ‘disgusting’

Zarif angryIran’s foreign minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump’s condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the U.S. president’s words repugnant.

Trump had said he prayed for the victims of Wednesday’s attacks that were claimed by Islamic State, but added that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account: “Repugnant White House statement …. Iranian people reject such U.S. claims of friendship.”

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran, killing at least 13 people in an unprecedented assault that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Islamic State claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran’s majority Shi’ite population, seen by the hardline Sunni militants as heretics. Saudi Arabia said it was not involved.

IRAN SHARES SOME BLAME

Trump is suggesting that Iran shares some of the blame for twin terrorist attacks on its parliament and a shrine, insisting that those who sponsor terrorism “risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

Hours after conciliatory comments from his State Department, the president on Wednesday offered a seemingly contradictory statement, providing solace to the victims while delivering a broadside against Tehran.

“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times,” Trump said. “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”

Despite the attacks, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate pushed ahead on a new set of sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. has designated Iran a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said the U.S. is sending thoughts and prayers to the Iranian people following the attacks.

“The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world,” said Nauert, who said the U.S. is expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

The U.S. statement of solidarity with the attack’s victims is notable because of the deep distrust between the U.S. and Iran. The two countries don’t maintain diplomatic relations, and the Trump administration has emphasized the need to counter Iran’s influence.

The distrust of Iran was evident on Wednesday when shortly after the condemnation, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate acted in a procedural vote to move forward on a new set of sanctions on Tehran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards. The strong bipartisan vote was 92-7.

The bill would impose mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure also would apply terrorism sanctions to the country’s Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

A few senators pleaded for a delay until next week of the previously scheduled vote in light of the attacks in Iran.

 “Let us tell the people of Iran that while we have serious disagreements with them on a number of issues, that today when they are mourning, when they are dealing with the shock of a terrorist attack, today is not the day to go forward with this piece of legislation,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., also pushed for a delay, but Republicans and Democrats pressed ahead.

The bill is a “carefully crafted response to Iran’s ongoing aggression in the Middle East,” Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said.

Last month, the Foreign Relations Committee backed the measure despite concerns from former Secretary of State John Kerry and several Democrats that it could nonetheless lead to the unraveling of the nuclear accord negotiated by the Obama administration.

Kerry cautioned lawmakers to “tread carefully” in pushing ahead with new sanctions against Iran in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election to another four-year term. Rouhani is a political moderate who scored a resounding victory over a hard-line opponent.

SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM

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.

“It is astounding what Iran continues to do around the world,” said Corker, urging his colleagues to confront the threat Tehran poses.

NUKE DEAL

In exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program, the U.S. and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy. As part of the July 2015 multinational accord, Iran also regained access to frozen assets held abroad.

Israel and congressional Republicans have long assailed the agreement as a windfall to Iran. They’ve argued the deal only delayed Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and failed to allow the kind of inspections of its atomic sites that would guarantee Tehran was not cheating. Lifting economic sanctions saved Iran’s economy, GOP lawmakers added, and allowed the country to funnel more money to terrorist groups.

Yet the nuclear deal remains in place despite Trump’s pledge during the presidential campaign to discard or renegotiate the pact. Instead, the State Department took a key step last week toward preserving the pact by issuing a waiver to keep the sanctions from snapping back into place. And the Trump administration notified Congress last month that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that as the Iran legislation moves forward, lawmakers will have an opportunity to offer amendments that would authorize new sanctions on Russia.

 

 

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  • Danny Farah

    Yes you are right Zarrouffaa.. But you bastards been doing it to everybody and it’s high time you get to taste what you been doing to others. you been harboring Al Qaeda for a long time and trained them and sent them to Iraq, Lebanon, the western hemisphere to do your biddings. You even killed your own fellow shiites to bring divide in Iraq. You let the Butcher Assad facilitate their routes from Syria and Iraq and Lebanon. What do you really expect that these jackasses be your friends forever? in an sense Trump is right even though it was said in awkward way.
    Time to pay the Piper.. Dude and I hope you get to taste many more because we in Lebanon are tired of you using us to fight your own damned war and for you stupid ideology of Waliat Al Faqih that will never work in Lebanon. And tell Nassrallah no matter how much he tries to Please Lebanon will not submit to your will, neither to Syria or Israel. Because you all are in the same boat together. May you all rot in Hell Inshallah soon.

    • vs

      Please Danny, leave alone Israel, this Noah Arc is not your same boat

      • Danny Farah

        My friend i will leave Israel when they leave us and stop taking our waters and wish they take the PLO back where they came from. It’s only fair..

        • vs

          Thank You for responding me. Danny, You are not answered me, why Lebanon shared starting war against jews with multiple Orabian states? Easy for You to blame Israel as usual, but you have what you deserve. Also please don’t be false, Israel taking water desalinating from see (and supplying also falsetinians), want You Israel will sell water to Lebanon? Please make peace already

          • Danny Farah

            Lebanon never had much of an army to start with a war with Israel. It was the PLO who attacked Israel and it’s because the Israelis dumped a lot of them in the South and placed them in our responsibilities. Even the Shiites in the South used to work in Israel until the PLO came to Lebanon. Then Iran after being taking by a caveman called Khomeini decided to incite the shiites in lebanon against Israel. But had Israel kept the Palestinians away from Lebanon, then we would not have a war ever. Besides in all wars Israel not only bombed the South they bombed many places in Lebanon including Beirut. They never had mercy on us. I for one would love to have peace with Israel but again until a lot of Palestinians leave lebanon we would not have peace. Lebanon is manipulated by Iran mostly and Sunnis arab countries on another hand. so we have been at the mercy of outside influences forever.

          • vs

            I mean starting war from beginning in 1948. Please, Danny, start to think a bit, what Falsetinians??? Before 1964 so politically called invented in soviet KGB they were usual Orabs. I can write Hebrew, Aramaic, Orabian, Samaritan, Ugaritic, Phoenician but can not, don’t know Falsetinian language, may be you know?

          • Danny Farah

            Palestinians are arabs and they speak arabic and the same as Lebanese even though some of us claim to be Phoenicians not arab. in any case no one invented the palestinians and they were in the same homeland as the jews. very simple David Vs Goliath. Israeli vs Palestinians. they were living in the same land. The jews cannot deny the palestinians homeland and their rights to return. Unfortunately there are extremists on both sides who indirectly helping each other to work against. The proof also when Ishac Rabin was killed by a jew who didn’t want peace to happen. I am sure there are many on other side who like violence instead of peaceful resolution. Enough said.

          • vs

            As far as i know, Falsetinians are political hoax from 1964, now it is political correct name only for Hamastanians and Fatahlandians of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, why (also stupid and not correct) not call them Judeans, Samaritans and correct Gazans? I’m sorry seems You are not understand me, why can not or don’t want you see Orabian occupation everywhere?

          • Niemals

            Enough and well said.

  • vs

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  • Ilami-Gilaki

    This is the exact reason why Arabs should be deported to the Empty Quarter.

  • Rascal

    To Zarif, fvck you.