President Donald Trump and John Bolton, the chief foreign policy advisor, gave Iran a one-two punch on Monday. Trump blasted Iran’s Islamic revolution as a complete failure for the country in tweets written in both English and Farsi. It was the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.
In the tweets Trump said: “40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure.”
“The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Bolton issued a similar statement, tweeting “It’s been 40 yrs of failure. Now it’s up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country.”
Bolton also said that Washington would support “the will of the Iranian people, & stand behind them to ensure their voices are heard.”
Trump and Bolton were certainly trying to weaken Iranian influence at the same time that a huge crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the 1979 revolution, in which Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ended the centuries-old rule of the royal dynasty.
It was 1979, the country overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a Western-installed monarch – an action that paved the way to clerical rule.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared to the Iranians who had gathered in Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square they should resist a “conspiracy” involving Washington.
And he vowed to overcome U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran.
“We will not let America become victorious … Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties but we will overcome the problems by helping each other,” Rouhani said.
He also vowed to boost Iran’s military and ballistic missile program.
“Iran will continue to expand its military might and missile program,” Rouhani said.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and Trump has pulled the United States from an international agreement meant to reward Iran for giving up nuclear weapon ambitions.
The president maintains the country is a threat although his intelligence chiefs testified differently before the Senate Intelligence panel.
Credit: Daily Mail