"We obviously condemn this attack," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday. Even as she noted the Thai authorities were investigating the incidents, she went on to draw a parallel between Tuesday's attacks in Bangkok and Monday's attacks against Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, both of which are also under investigation.
"These events do come on the heels of other disrupted attacks targeted at Israel and Western interests, including an Iranian-sponsored attack in Baku, Azerbaijan, and a Hezbollah-linked attack in Bangkok, Thailand, before this," Nuland said. "So they serve as a reminder that a variety of states and non-state actors continue to view international terrorism as a legitimate foreign policy tool, which we consider reprehensible."
So does that mean the United States agrees with Israel's assertion that Iran's fingerprints are all over the attack in attacks?
"We are not going to prejudge this. We're going to await the investigation," Nuland said. Then she added, "We do note that they come on the heels of other disrupted attacks that do have Iranian fingerprints on them."
So you do have suspicions or some reason to believe Iran is involved, the reporters at Tuesday's briefing asked? After all, there have been many other attacks around the world that the United States isn't drawing parallels to.
"We're just concerned that these come on the heels of other incidences that clearly had links back to Iran," Nuland said. "With regard to these recent ones, we're going to await the results of the investigation, but we are looking at the links."