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U.S. says Tehran should focus on 'keeping citizens safe at home'

Spokesman for the US National Security Council, Garrett Marquis
“The United States stands with the Iranian people and encourages the regime in Tehran to focus on keeping them safe at home,” Spokesman for the US National Security Council, Garrett Marquis, said in a statement.

Spokesman for the UN Security Council, Garrett Marquis, has reacted to the terror attack that targeted a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday.

The spokesman’s statement, however, did not include any signs of condemnation, despite being labeled as a “terrorist attack”.

“The United States stands with the Iranian people and encourages the regime in Tehran to focus on keeping them safe at home,” the statement said.

“The United States stands with the Iranian people,' he said in a telephone conversation with the 'World Views', the Washington Post's foreign news blog.

Gunmen opened fire at a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, according to press outlets, the attack killed around 25 and injured more than 60 people, half of them members of the Revolutionary Guards, according to state news agencies.

Later on Saturday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told Sputnik News on that the United States is aware of reports of the attack and it stands with the Iranian people against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism and expressed sympathy to them “at this terrible time.”

“The United States condemns all acts of terrorism and the loss of any innocent lives," Nauert said.

The terror assault sparked widespread condemnation both nationally and internationally by Tehran.

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