Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was also quoted as saying that Western nations are capitalizing on the conflict between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims in order to sway global attention away from the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Iran has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to recover $2 billion worth of frozen assets the US Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the US government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Islamic Republic has been blamed.
In an address during a National Army Day parade on Sunday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani praised Iran's role in helping Syria and Iraq, saying "if tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond was accused of “breathtaking pomposity” on Friday for rebuking Israeli Knesset member Michael Oren over his denouncement of the Iranian president, who was visiting France during International Holocaust Memorial Day.
No matter how you look at it, this is bad. If Iran demanded it, then it is clear Iran is intolerant and refuses to accept other cultures. If Italy covered up the "offending" artwork on its own initiative, then it shows it is attempting to appease the Iranians.
Is the Middle East on the path to a full-blown Sunni-Shiite confrontation? In what may be a precursor to a military conflict, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties after Iranians attacked its embassy over the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.
Iran has halted the dismantling of its centrifuges at two uranium enrichment plants, days after conservative lawmakers complained to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the disassembly process was moving too quickly and that he was going against directives from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.