The Mullahs' message for the president-elect.
After the presidential elections, the mainstream media have ignored reporting on recent attacks, insults, accusations and threats from leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the American people and Donald Trump.
The agenda behind this is to hide the truth from the American public so that Tehran-Washington ties will be maintained and the White House appeasement policies towards Iran will continue.
According to DW Farsi, Ayatollah Ahmad Alam Al Hoda, one of Iran’s prominent Imams and the key representative of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insulted the American people, saying that Americans are totally ignorant people who have taken an un-Islamic path leading to loss.
In addition, the Imam of Tehran threatened Trump that if the president-elect continues the path of other Republican Presidents, he will deeply regret it.
Addressing a large group of people on Tehran University campus on Friday, the notorious Ayatollah said, "[Trump,] be careful to not give the lion's tail [referring to Iran} another twist; I hope you will hear these words and realize that the Islamic Iran has a manner and a motto and that is: we will resist until our last breadth."
This is a hardball tactic that Iranian leaders are playing. They played it with President Obama and it paid off well. Iran received billion of dollars, it did not have to dismantle any of its nuclear facilities, and will be legally allowed to develop nuclear weapons after the nuclear deal expires. In addition, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are freely operating in various countries and harassing US navy ships.
Iranian leaders are hoping that Trump will give in to Iran’s threats and that he will abandon his previous promises and statements.
Mr. Trump warned that Iranian boats will be "shot out of the water" if they "make gestures" at American sailors. In addition, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Mr. Trump outlined his tough policy stance with regard to the Islamic Republic. He stated, "I will adopt a strategy that focuses on three things when it comes to Iran. First, we will stand up to Iran’s aggressive push to destabilize and dominate the region. Secondly, we will totally dismantle Iran’s global terror network which is big and powerful, but not powerful like us. Third, at the very least, we must enforce the terms of the previous deal to hold Iran totally accountable. And we will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me."
The so-called moderate Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also warned the US that President-elect Trump should comply with the nuclear deal and that Trump has no other option.
Zarif’s warnings ring hollow. Trump has the power to re-negotiate the nuclear deal and abolish it once Iran breaches the terms. Iran has repeatedly violated the terms of the deal since the agreement was reached. More recently, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has violated the deal by holding more heavy water than it is supposed to have. Heavy water is used to develop nuclear weapons. This violation occurred previously as well. According to German intelligence reports, Iran tried to purchase nuclear attempts in violations of the deal. In previous articles, I have explained in detail how Iran has cheated on the nuclear deal.
Iranian leaders are laying out hardball tactics to intimidate the next administration or to seduce it into following appeasement policies. The US under a Trump administration should continue with its promises of countering the Islamic Republic’s hegemonic ambitions and support for terrorism.