Pakistan denounces attack on Iranian military parade

The shooting lasted for about 10 minutes and injured around 70 people

Teheran also summoned diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain for allegedly hosting members of the group suspected of links to Saturday's attack.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) has been the sword and shield of Shi'ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say that Iran poses a security threat to the Middle East and tries to dominate the region.

"The small puppet countries in the region are backed by America, and the United States is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities", said Mr. Rouhani.

Haley said this week's United Nations General Assembly would be a chance for countries to sort out tension, but Trump isn't planning on a meeting with Iranian leadership, as Rouhani "has to stop all of his bad behaviour before the president's going to think he's serious about wanting to talk".

Haley said Washington was trying to counter Iranian malign activities in the region as Tehran continued to test ballistic missiles, support terrorism and sell arms. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen condemned the attack and stressed that there would be "consequences" if it turns out that those responsible have connections to Denmark. "Gulf countries", Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the official news agency IRNA.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that those behind an attack on a military parade Saturday will face "deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future".

Soldiers crawled as gunfire crackled, while women and children fled for their lives.

But Iranian authorities see an Arab separatist movement, the Ahwazi Democratic Popular Front (ADPF) or Al-Ahwazi, as the main suspect.

Scott Lucas, an Iran specialist at Birmingham University in Britain and editor of the EA World View website, tells RFE/RL that Tehran's blaming of regional foes and the United States for domestic unrest is not new, while adding that it is "accentuated now by USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal, imminence of comprehensive sanctions, and worsening of the Iranian economy".

On June 7, 2017 in Tehran, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in simultaneous attacks on the parliament and on the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - the first inside Iran claimed by ISIS. Both military personnel and civilians were among the casualties, according to Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Earlier, Rouhani used the occasion of the military parades to compare President Donald Trump to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Press TV reported.

People threw themselves on the ground as bullets began to hammer down on the crowd
Image People threw themselves on the ground as they tried to escape the gunfire

This is the shocking moment gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire at an annual Iranian military parade, killing at least 25 people and injuring 53. Saturday's attack dealt a blow not just to a security institution, but to the core of Iran's identity.

The attack came four months after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, against the advice of the global community and the wishes of 63 percent of the American public.

The Ahvaz attack comes only one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a strong threat to Iran, declaring it would be held "accountable" if there were any more attacks on USA consulates in Iraq.

The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on its Amaaq news agency, but provided no evidence it carried out the assault. "It is Americans who provide them with their required necessities to perpetrate such crimes", Rouhani said in remarks published on his official website.

The video shows three men in military fatigues speaking to a camera inside a vehicle.

Senior Guards commanders have said the Ahvaz attack was carried out by militants trained by Gulf states and Israel and backed by America. The video included no time stamps, nor any specific references to the Ahvaz attack.

The Iranian official said, addressing the UAE academic: "Will regret this statement!". Officials in Tehran point to comments by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, now next in line to the throne in Iran's Mideast archrival.

Kurdish rebels frequently attack military patrols on the border further north, but attacks on government targets in major cities are rare.

An overnight impromptu candle-light vigil in Ahvaz honored the dead and wounded.

Oman, Kuwait and Qatar issued condemnations of the attack, while Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain had yet to react on Sunday.

"He was wearing a black shirt when he was martyred", a doctor said, standing next to the boy's tiny corpse, now wrapped in a blue body bag.

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