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Trump statement on ISIS attacks in Iran includes a stunning rebuke

President Donald Trump offered condolences to the Iranian people over terror attacks by ISIS, but scolded the government of Iran for being itself a state sponsor of terror. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)

In a statement offering condolences for the victims of terror attacks in Iran, President Trump concluded with a stunning rebuke for the government of Iran. The statement was released Wednesday from the White House.

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran," the statement read, "and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times."

"We underscore the risks that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote," it added.

The implication is that Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism across the world in the estimation of U.S. intelligence agencies, has suffered an attack in response to those it has originated.

Iran has blamed Saudi Arabia, their historical foe, for the twin attacks Wednesday that claimed the lives of at least 12. Terrorists utilized suicide bombs and an armed attack at the Iranian parliament and the shrine of the revered founder of the Islamic government.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard also tied the attacks to the recent visit by President Trump to Saudi Arabia.

"World public opinion, especially in Iran, sees the fact that this terrorist act was perpetrated soon after the meeting of the U.S. president with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has always supported ... terrorists as to be very meaningful," the statement read.

The statement from the White House is bound to encourage further acrimony from Iran, who was the beneficiary of a historic nuclear arms deal with Trump's predecessor, former President Obama, but was greatly criticized by the new president.

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