“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,” the president said in a statement. “We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote,” he added.
The Republican president also prays for “the Iranian people” as well as for the “innocent victims” of the Tehran attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group (ISIS), which killed 13 people and left several dozens others wounded.
For their part, the Revolutionary Guards, the regime’s elite army, accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of being “involved” in the attacks.
The tone of President Trump, in any case, contrasts with the more nuanced “condolences” and “thoughts” transmitted earlier in the day by the American diplomacy. “The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful and civilized world,” the US State Department had said in a statement.
The United States and Iran do not have diplomatic relations. The warming started by former US President Barack Obama, who signed an agreement on the Iranian nuclear in 2015, was stopped by his successor Donald Trump.
The latter had promised repeatedly during the election campaign to “tear” this agreement up and has resolutely oriented his foreign policy in recent weeks towards Saudi Arabia, a major regional rival of Shiite Iran.
During a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump accused Tehran of “financing, arming and training terrorists… spreading destruction and chaos throughout the region” and called on all countries to “isolate” Iran.
At the same time, the US Senate voted by 92 votes to 7 Wednesday a law that imposes new sanctions on Iran, notably for “support to acts of international terrorism”. However, the final adoption vote must take place at a later date.