Iran has clearly gotten too comfortable with ‘business as usual’ with the previous administrations. Made more apparent with a recent threat made by Iran’s acting commander of Revolutionary Guard who vowed revenge on the U.S. over a recent attack at their military’s parade.
The attack was an obvious domestic issue and the U.S. has denied any involvement but in typical Iranian government fashion, they blame the U.S.anyway.
John Bolton, the Security advisor, sent a message back in response to recent threats, “If you cross us, our allies, or our partners … yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.”
He added that the deal gave the regime “new assets it could use for its nuclear weapons program, for its ballistic program, for its terrorist activities.”
“What we want is massive change in the regime’s behavior,” Bolton said. But he added: “Regime change in Iran is not American policy.”
A prominent Iranian lawmaker said an attack last week on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 24 people was the result of negligence by security forces, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Saturday.
The report quoted the head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, as saying a video shot by the Intelligence Ministry and the Army makes this clear.
“The cameraman begged a sniper to shoot the attackers, but the sniper waited for his commander’s order,” he said, describing the video.
And a top military official in Iran warned the U.S. and Israel on Monday that there would be a “devastating” response to the parade attack.
In his speech to the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) annual summit, Bolton took aim at the threatening rhetoric long used by Khomeini and other top Iranian politicians.
“According to the mullahs in Tehran, we are ‘the Great Satan,’ lord of the underworld, master of the raging inferno,” Bolton said. “So, I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today: If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.” Applause broke out in the room.