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Iran blasts Trump's 'arbitrary and conflicting policies and actions'

Tehran blamed President Trump for rising tensions and instability in the Middle East in a strongly worded statement on Saturday. "[Trump] ought to seek the reason for subversion and rebellion in his own arbitrary and conflicting policies and actions, as well as those of his arrogant, aggressive, and occupying allies in the region," said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi in comments published by Iranian state media.

Qassemi's remarks follow Trump's Thursday press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, in which Trump decried "rogue regimes like North Korea, Iran, and Syria and the governments that finance and support them." Iran, a Shia-majority country, is at odds with the United States' Sunni-majority ally, Saudi Arabia, and on the opposite side of the Syrian civil war, in which Tehran supports the Bashar al-Assad regime and the U.S. backs the rebels seeking his ouster.