Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi Arabia backing militants

Ramadan toll shows Islamic State in pitched recruiting race

He stressed that relations between the American and Iranian governments would continue to be at a standstill because "most of our problems with them can not be resolved".

Earlier, Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani accused Washington of being an ally of Islamic State in the region.

Two days later, suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran killed 17 people.

Asked about US President Donald Trump's descriptions of Iran, which he described in a recent tweet as a state sponsoring terrorism, Zarif referred to the fact that most of the September 11 attackers were Saudi nationals, rather than Iranians.

Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has always been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran.

Khamenei, in a written address read at the funeral of the victims of the attacks, said the comments would only serve to "reinforce hatred for the US government and its agents in the region, like the Saudi [government]".

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany signed the mammoth agreement in July 2015 and started implementing it in January 2016.

Later on in the 1970s and 1980s, Hosseinzadeh added, terrorist groups mostly aimed to target and pressure religious democracy authorities in the country. Khamenei also said Iran had no intention of normalising ties with the United States. In this video an Islamic State militant vowed, "We will invade Iran and return it to Sunni control", and Shiite militiamen - thought to be Iraqis - were executed.

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the USA of destabilizing the Middle East by providing support to extremist groups active in the region.

In a letter on May 17 to the UN Secretary-General and to the president of the UN Security Council, the mission said Iran violated global law through its practices and caused war crimes and crimes against humanity. This distinction clearly eluded President Trump when he appeared to lump Iran and the Sunni jihadis together as part of the same "evil" in a speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia on May 21.

According to Iran's Press TV, at least 12 people have been killed in Wednesday's attacks while another 42 were injured and admitted to three hospitals for treatment. "Through diplomacy, the USA can contribute to the kind of economic and social initiatives that will enable political reform, leading Saudi Arabia to a more open and democratic society", said former Ambassador to Yemen Gerald M. Feierstein.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have escalated as Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed the deadly 7 June Tehran attack on Saudi Arabia.

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