US President Donald Trump repeats allegations that Iran sponsors "terrorism" just as it falls victim to terrorism itself.
The president offered contradictory comments over Wednesday’s twin attacks, on the one hand offering solace and on the other blaming the victim for the deadly operation claimed by Daesh (ISIL).
The State Department initially released a statement on Wednesday, in the wake of the attacks in Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, which left at least 12 people dead and more than 40 others injured.
Daesh has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks.
Trump, however, pointed the finger at Tehran itself.
"We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote," claimed Trump.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had earlier released a statement, asserting that “The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world.”
Meanwhile, the United States Congress has started work on imposing extra sanctions against Tehran in the wake of the attacks in the capital.
The GOP-controlled Congress acted in a procedural vote to advance a new set of sanctions against Iran, including the Islamic Republic of Iran Guard Corp, despite calls by Democrats.
Key Democratic figures such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and California Senator Dianne Feinstein and called for a delay in the vote out of respect for the fallen in the wake of the attacks but to no avail.
“On a day when Iran has been attacked by ISIS, by terrorism, now is not the time to go forward with legislation calling for sanctions against Iran,” Sanders said in a statement. “Today when they are mourning, when they are dealing with the shock of a terrorist attack, today is not the day to go forward with this piece of legislation."
Meanwhile, DC-based non-profit organization, National Iranian American Council, voiced support for the people of Iran in the wake of terror.
“We support the people of Iran who have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the values of tolerance and diplomacy, despite the hardships they face. We underscore that administrations that cannot empathize with human suffering risk losing their humanity, and presidents that cannot genuinely recognize victims of terrorism are incapable of leading the fight against terror.”
Taking on Iran was on top of Trump’s agenda in his first foreign tour, which took him to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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