Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the United States of being the main instigator of terrorism in the Middle East.
“Today, America, unfortunately, is the supporter of terrorism in our region, and wherever America has gone, terrorism has expanded in the wake,” Rouhani told Fox News’s Chris Wallace.
The Iranian leader said he was “amazed at the interpretations of Mr. Trump vis-à-vis terrorism,” and pointed to U.S. actions in Syria as an example of what he characterized as terrorism in the Middle East.
“The country that is present and flying over the air space of and bombarding the soil of the country of Syria without permission of the government is the United States of America,” Rouhani explained to Wallace.
During his speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, Trump warned Iran against an escalation of malign activity in the Middle East amid rising tensions between the two nations.
The U.S. last week hit Iran’s central bank with additional tariffs in response to attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have blamed the attacks, which were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, on Iran. Tehran has denied involvement.