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The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has delivered a damning verdict on the U.S. accusing it of forming terror group, Islamic State popularly known as ISIS.

Iraqi government forces flash the sign for victory while holding a Daesh flag in western Mosul's Zanjili neighbourhood on June 9, 2017, during ongoing battles to try to take the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

Two days later, the suicide bombings and shootings in Tehran killed 17 people.

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Khamenei has made several statements denouncing the United States since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, while U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out against Iran in harsh terms since taking office, indicating that he will reverse the previous admistration's attempts at rapprochement with Tehran.

"Some of the problems with the USA are essentially unresolvable as the US's problem with us has nothing to do with nuclear energy or human rights, their problem is with the principle of the Islamic Republic", added the Leader. Last week Riyadh, along with other Arab governments, severed ties with Qatar, citing its support of Iran as one of the main reasons for the move.

The Supreme Leader alleges that Washington's fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was a lie.

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He said in May during a visit to Israel: "The United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never, ever - and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately". Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced them as "repugnant", saying Iranians were countering "terror backed by USA clients".

With relations between two nations on the rocks, the 2015 nuclear deal, which was considered a breakthrough at the time it was struck, also came in play.

World leaders were quick to condemn the attacks, expressing their deepest condolences to Iranian officials and Iranians people.

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Ayatollah Khamenei's hardline loyalists, drawn from among Islamists and the Revolutionary Guards, fear normalisation of ties with the U.S. might weaken their position. In their apparent bid to secure USA support and that of Israel, the four countries cited Qatar's links with Hamas and accused it of supporting terrorism, an accusation that the Qatari government denies.

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