Mattis dismisses Iran's revenge threat as tensions climb after attack

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

Of the 25 killed, 12 people were from Ahvaz and the rest from elsewhere in Khuzestan.

Fars and IRNA news agencies said on Monday five attackers were killed, not four as previously reported by state media.

Saturday's assault, one of the worst against the most powerful force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the U.S. and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran.

A bipartisan US group, the National Coalition To Prevent An Iranian Nuclear Weapon, released a statement this week signed by more than 50 prominent foreign policy figures claiming the Trump administration's approach to Iran has created a situation in which the regime is left with only "capitulation or war".

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will severely punish those "cowardly" elements who were behind a recent terrorist attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz. "We stand with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and express our sympathy to them at this bad time", Nauert said.

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, blasted the USA, promising "devastating" revenge.

The former New York Mayor told an Iranian opposition group that USA sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a "successful revolution".

He also said USA sanctions against Iran were illegal and President Donald Trump was using them as a tool for "personal revenge".

A general view of the attack during the military parade in Ahvaz, Iran September 22, 2018.

Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, rejected Rouhani's accusations.

'We listened to Iran's reading of the situation and we offered our condolences for the attack, ' the ministry is quoted as saying by broadcaster NOS.

Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, also claimed responsibility. "It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes", Rouhani said before leaving for the U.N. General Assembly in NY. Iran believes the attack was carried out by militants trained by Israel and Gulf states, and supported by the U.S.

It is, however, highly unlikely the Guards will strike any of its foes directly and risk setting off a regional conflict.

Iran's Foreign Ministry earlier summoned the UAE charge d'affaires over comments made about the bloody fusillade at the military parade, state-run PressTV said.

Shi'ite Iran is at odds with Western-allied Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia for predominance in the Middle East.

An Iranian soldier carries an injured colleague after the attack.

On June 7, 2017 in Tehran, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in simultaneous attacks on the parliament and on the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - the first inside Iran claimed by IS.

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