Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "America Created Islamic State"

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "America Created Islamic State"

Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, the yawning gap between Tehran and Washington has grown even wider with Trump's latest efforts to isolate Iran in the region, while bolstering cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries.

"Some of the problems with the United States are essentially unresolvable as the US's problem with us has nothing to do with nuclear energy or human rights, their problem is with the principle of the Islamic Republic", added the Leader.

"The claim of forming a coalition against Daesh is a lie; of course, Americans are against 'an uncontained Daesh, ' but if anyone would want to truly destroy Daesh, they [Americans] will counter them", he said, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has fingered the United States for instability in the Middle East.

Khamenei's hardline loyalists, drawn from among Islamists and the Revolutionary Guards, fear normalisation of ties with the United States might weaken their position.

The remarks by Zarif partially referred to the comments made by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, in May, who said Riyadh would bring "the battle" into Iran.

"I believe the US administration will find it in the interest of the United States, as well as the interest of worldwide peace and security, to live up to its commitments".

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed the US of disregarding its part of obligations under the nuclear deal, adding that US President Donald Trump will be forced to stick to it under global pressure.

Khamenei said Iran had no intention of normalising ties with the United States.

He gave no further details, but other officials said that four other alleged members of the gang had been killed in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, home to a substantial Arab minority. On Friday, however, he turned his wrath for the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Daesh, which draws its ideology from Saudi-inspired Wahhabism, claimed responsibility for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 which left 17 people dead and 56 others wounded.

At least 41 IS suspects have been arrested since the attacks, according to Alavi, who said Iran has dismantled suspected militant cells with increasing frequency in recent months. The attacks on Tehran are likely to bear down on Iran both domestically and externally.