New York: The United States on Sunday condemned the deadly attack on a military parade in Iran but said the countryâs clerical rulers needed to look at reasons for unrest.
Â âThe United States condemns any terrorist attack anywhere, period. Weâve always stood by that,â Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told CNN.
But she said of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: âHe has oppressed his people for a long time.â
Â âHe needs to look at his own base to figure out where thatâs coming from. I think the Iranian people have had enough and thatâs where all of this is coming from.â
At least 29 people were killed when suspected Arab separatists in southwestern Iran opened fire Saturday on a parade commemorating the start of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
Iran pinned the blame on an unnamed US-backed Gulf state for allegedly supporting the militants.
The attack, which is rare for Iran, was claimed by the Islamic State group, which is made up of Sunni Muslim extremists staunchly opposed to the Shiite clerical state in Iran.
US President Donald Trumpâs administration has piled pressure on Iran, with national security adviser John Bolton and other officials in the past calling for supporting anti-government forces within the country.
Haley, however, repeated the administration position: âWeâre not looking to do a regime change in Iran or anywhere.â