Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the White House’s reaction to deadly attacks in Tehran and moves by U.S. lawmakers to slap new sanctions on Iran were "repugnant."
“Repugnant WH statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship,” said in a tweet on June 7.
Iranian officials say 13 people were killed in attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) on parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's shrine in Tehran on June 7. They said the attackers were Iranians who had joined the extremist Sunni group, and blame Saudi Arabia and the United States.
In a statement, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for the victims of the attacks, but warned that “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate advanced a package of new sanctions on Iran to punish Tehran for its ballistic missile program, arms transfers, and support for militant groups in the Middle East.
Senators voted on a procedural measure that sets up a final vote in the coming days.