Zarif: Intelligence shows S. Arabia promoting terror in Iran's borders

Zarif: Intelligence shows S. Arabia promoting terror in Iran's borders

He also lashed out at US President Donald Trump's accusations during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia that Tehran was a sponsor of terrorism in the region, saying "It is really ridiculous for the US, standing next to the tribal and medieval Saudis, to talk about human rights in a place which has no notion of democracy, and to accuse Iran which is the emblem of democracy".

"You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East ... who created Islamic State?"

He also blasted any attempts at building bridges with the United States, saying: "America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism. therefore, we can not normalise ties with such country".

At an Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh last month, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iran of fueling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" and called for its global isolation.

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The Iranian capital, Tehran, is reeling from two terrorist attacks that targeted the Iranian Parliament and the Mausoleum of late Imam Khomeini and left at least 17 people dead and scores more injured. Major General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, said Sunday that the government in Tehran had "documents and information" showing Washington's support of the extremist Sunni Islamist group.

With relations between two nations on the rocks, the 2015 nuclear deal, which was considered a breakthrough at the time it was struck, also came in play.

Zarif arrived in Norway on Monday to participate in the 15th Annual International Retreat of Mediators and Peace Process Actors in Oslo Forum.

Simultaneously, the Saudi foreign minister tweeted, "Iran must be punished for its interference, support for terrorism in region".

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While acknowledging that the stance of the current White House administration on the deal's future "is not very promising", Jarif argued that since the deal involves several parties, they will not let the USA sabotage what took their common efforts to seal.

He mentioned that victims of terror in Iran include people of different ethnic and religious groups as terrorists have been targeting them as "Iranians" and not as individuals belonging to a certain ethnic or religious group.

Daesh has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday called the USA the "source" of instability in the Middle East and said it was responsible for the creation of the Islamic State terror group.

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The comments sparked an immediate backlash from Iran.

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