UN condemns Iran military parade attack

UN condemns Iran military parade attack
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The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council on Monday condemned the attack on an Iranian military parade over the weekend that left dozens dead, calling it "heinous and cowardly" in a statement.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Ahvaz, on 22 September. The terrorist attack, at a military parade, resulted in at least 24 people killed, including children, and 60 others injured," the statement reads.


"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured," the statement continues.

The statement came as world leaders convened Monday for the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

The attack, carried out Saturday by armed militants, left about two dozen people dead. Two armed groups, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and an Arab opposition group called the Ahvaz National Resistance, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed the United States and its allies for the attack, saying that the U.S. provides "small mercenary countries" in the region "with necessary means to commit these crimes."

The U.S. has dismissed those claims. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo2 US service members killed in Afghanistan after Pompeo visit The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? State Department need not be at odds with itself on Republic of Cyprus policy MORE said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday" that it was an "enormous mistake" for Rouhani to blame the U.S., and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump rules out Haley joining 2020 ticket The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' MORE said on CNN's "State of the Union" that Rouhani needs to "look in the mirror" rather than blame the U.S.

"I think the Iranian people have had enough, and that's where all of this is coming from. But, having said that, he can blame us all he wants, but the thing he's got to do is look in the mirror," Haley said.