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December 18 2017, 06:31 | Irvin Gilbert
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned President Donald Trump's response to the twin assault on Tehran Wednesday claimed by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), calling it "repugnant".
Zarif was responding to President Trump's statement following the bombings that said, "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".
It described them as "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. "Iranian people reject such United States claims of friendship", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted Thursday. Fars news agency issued a report saying that ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Tehran.
In a message on Friday, Imam Khamenei said the attacks that led to the martyrdom and injury of several Iranians in the holy fasting month of Ramadan is a clear sign of animosity of arrogant mercenaries towards the dignified Iranian people, the Islamic Revolution as well as the late founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini.
Zarif added the terrorists targeted "what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy". Trump then mentioned Iran's financing of terrorism.
Iranian authorities warned a year ago that the country faces a significant threat from ISIS, which promotes an ultra-conservative strand of Sunni Islam that analysts have described as "medieval".
The US "knows that the Revolutionary Guard and its Qods Force are the most important regional forces fighting terrorists", he said during a speech at the ceremony in which he also denounced US sanctions over its ballistic missile programme.
The comments sparked anger from Iranians on social media, who recalled the vigils in Tehran that followed the September 11 attacks.