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Nikki Haley hit back after Iran blamed US after military parade attack

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ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley hit back at Iran President
Hassan Rouhani’s latest comments about the US on
Sunday.

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  • Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked
    comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that blamed US
    support for a Saturday terror attack on a military
    parade.
  • Haley said Rouhani was ignoring the unrest caused by
    his administration’s oppression of Iranians, and should “look
    at his own home base.”
  • Both Rouhani and President Donald Trump are expected at
    this week’s United Nations General Assembly, though the two
    leaders are not expected to meet.

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked comments
from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that blamed US support for
a terror attack on a military
parade
Saturday that killed 25 people and wounded 60.

Haley waved off Rouhani’s condemnation of America, and said in
the aftermath of the attack, “he needs to look at his own home
base.”

“The Iranian people are protesting,” Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Every
ounce of money that goes into Iran goes to his military. He has
oppressed his people for a long time.”

Haley continued: “He can blame us all he wants, but the thing
he’s got to do is look in the mirror.”

Rouhani lashed out at America’s support for mercenary countries
in the Persian Gulf, saying it helps to “instigate them and
provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes.”

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear
deal and re-impose relevant sanctions crippled the economy and
drew ire from leadership, Haley said.

“They don’t like the fact that we’ve called them out,” Haley
said. “We have called them out for ballistic missile testing.
We’ve called them out for their support of terrorism. We’ve
called them out for their arms sales. And they don’t like it.”

Despite the tensions, Haley contradicted Trump lawyer
Rudy Giuliani
‘s claims from a day earlier the US was seeking a regime change and
promised Trump would remain strict with Iranian leadership.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted immediately
after the attack Sunday to blame regional countries and their “US
masters,” calling the gunmen “terrorists recruited, trained armed
and paid” by foreign powers, raising tensions in the region amid
the unclear future of Tehran’s nuclear deal.

“Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian
lives,” Zarif wrote on Twitter Saturday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to “Fox News Sunday” before
Rouhani’s statement, calling Zarif’s comments “an enormous
mistake.”

“The loss of innocent life is tragic, and I wish Zarif would
focus on keeping his own people secure rather than causing
insecurity around the world,” Pompeo said.

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 behavior before the
president’s going to think he’s serious about wanting to talk.”

Haley added: “There is no love for Iran here in the United
States, and there’s no love for the United States in Iran.”

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