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Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi Arabia backing militants

Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi Arabia backing militants

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced them as "repugnant", saying Iranians were countering "terror backed by US clients".

"You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East..."

"America is a terrorist country and backs terrorism... therefore, we can not normalize ties with such a country", Khamenei said.

Seventeen people were killed and more than 40 injured last Wednesday when three gunmen stormed the parliament building in the centre of Tehran and two more the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founding father, ...

In the meantime, deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig.

He mentioned that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline was a significant project to develop good relations with Iran, but the USA and Saudi administrations have been pressuring Islamabad to abandon the project. During the Barack Obama era, Iran enjoyed the opportunity to fill the vacuum in the Middle East after the White House abandoned its traditional allies, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Iran's Foreign Minister tweeted in response that Trump's comments were "repugnant".

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He said this could be along the lines of the 1975 Helsinki accords - agreements signed during the Cold War to reduce tensions between western and Communist nations.

Zarif had arrived in Oslo on Monday to take part in Oslo Forum.

Urging the U.S. administration to revise its approach to the deal, repeatedly decried by Trump as the "worst deal ever negotiated", the top Iranian diplomat argued that in the long run the U.S. "will find it necessary to abide by the deal", as cited by Iran Front Page News.

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.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State militants via its news agency Amaq.

He said in May during a visit to Israel: "The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never, ever - and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately".

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