Iran blasts Trump for saying it sponsors terror

Iran dismisses Trump's allegations that it is a major sponsor of terrorism, says such positions are incorrect and irrelevant.

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Iran on Monday dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's allegations last week that it is a major sponsor of terrorism.

Trump's comments came last week in a speech he gave during his trip to Saudi Arabia.

"These improper, incorrect and irrelevant positions of certain countries are nothing new and they try to project the blame on others and such remarks are unbelievable and unacceptable," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

He criticized Trump for traveling to Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh is the main supporter of violence and terrorism. He further claimed that Iran cannot be considered a sponsor of terrorism due to the mass participation of its people in recent presidential elections.

Trump's comments, as well as his visit to Saudi Arabia, were also mocked last week by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who ridiculed decades of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

"When they attacked Afghanistan, they made a mistake. When they attacked Iraq, they made a mistake. When they imposed sanctions on us, they made a mistake," he said.

"If you know of a case where America acted correctly, you tell me," added the Iranian president, who said the only sensible move by Washington was the nuclear deal it signed with Iran in 2015, when the U.S. "talked with respect" and reached a "win-win result".

Rouhani also said that Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia was "just a show with no practical or political value of any kind" and then added, "You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower."