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Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism'

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iranian said Tuesday that the was the real "of world terrorism" after blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a "foreign terrorist organisation".

"Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?" asked in a speech broadcast live by state television.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark Iran's national in Tehran, defended the Revolutionary Guards as a force that has fought terrorism ever since its creation in 1979.

In contrast, the Islamic republic's accused US forces of having always been directly or indirectly involved with terrorist groups or acts of terrorism.

"You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region... you are the of world terrorism.

"Who is propagating and encouraging terrorism in today's world? Who wanted to use (the Islamic State group) as a tool?" Rouhani asked, saying that the US is harbouring the leaders of the jihadist organisation.

"Even now is hiding the heads of ISIS, even now they are not prepared to tell the regional governments where the heads of are hiding." swiftly retaliated against the US move on Monday by calling US troops "terrorists".

It is the first time that has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group, meaning that anyone who deals with the could face prison in the

To support his accusations, Rouhani cited the downing of Air Flight 655 in July 1988 by missiles fired from the US naval ship the USS Vincennes.

"You have done everything imaginable. Which force was it that shot down our civil airliner in the waters of the " he said, adding that it was aimed at intimidating

"You wanted to tell the Iranian nation that we do not have any red lines, you wanted to say that we also kill children, you wanted to say that we also kill women," Rouhani said, concluding that the US was transmitting "a message of terrorism in the whole world.

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First Published: Tue, April 09 2019. 14:50 IST