Iran minister calls Trump’s condolences for attacks ‘repugnant’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (not pictured) at his office at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with Greek Top Minister Alexis Tsipras (not pictured) at his administrative center on the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, April 23, 2017.

REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis

Iran’s International minister on Thursday rejected Donald Trump’s condolences for lethal attacks in Tehran, calling the U.S. president’s words repugnant.

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

Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account: “Repugnant White House observation …. 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 as a minimum 13 individuals in an extraordinary assault that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Islamic State claimed duty and threatened extra attacks towards Iran’s majority Shi’ite inhabitants, considered by the hardline Sunni militants as heretics. Saudi Arabia mentioned it was not concerned.

(Writing through Parisa Hafezi; Modifying by Andrew Heavens)

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