Iranian president asserts 'wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the United States of being the main instigator of terrorism in the Middle East.

Rouhani's comments in a Fox News interview came in response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE criticizing Iran during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier in the day.

"Today, America, unfortunately, is the supporter of terrorism in our region, and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in the wake," Rouhani told Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace rips both parties for coronavirus package impasse: 'Pox on both their houses' Hillary Clinton on possible Trump loss: He won't go 'silently into the night' Overnight Defense: Appeals court rules male-only draft is constitutional | Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' post-election debate MORE.

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The Iranian leader said he was "amazed at the interpretations of Mr. Trump vis-à-vis terrorism," and pointed to U.S. actions in Syria as an example of what he characterized as terrorism in the Middle East.

"The country that is present and flying over the air space of and bombarding the soil of the country of Syria without permission of the government is the United States of America," Rouhani explained to Wallace.

During his speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, Trump warned Iran against an escalation of malign activity in the Middle East amid rising tensions between the two nations.

The U.S. last week hit Iran's central bank with additional tariffs in response to attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have blamed the attacks, which were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, on Iran. Tehran has denied involvement.