On Monday, Basiji commandant Mohammad-Reza Naghdi laughed off sanctions placed on him by US Treasury and said: “If I were in fact rich, I would squirrel my money away in a safe country, not the U.S. The U.S. has reached such an all time low that they have to get permission from every member of the Security Council to block my alleged bank accounts. I’m announcing to U.S. officials right here and now that they better extricate their ships and frigates out of our region as we here will take them as war booty. Currently six American states are heading toward a revolution in order to gain their independence and the U.S. is on the brink of an internal crisis. So again, I say to U.S. leaders that it is to your benefit to pull all your military forces and armament out of our part of the world, as you will soon need them to put down the revolution in your own country. ‘The Fictitiously United States of America’ is now facing a major social upheaval and six of the states in the south, which have been held at gunpoint by their so-called law enforcement, are ready to secede; and the good news is that they are willing to fight for their independence.”
Naghdi is said to have embezzled several hundred million dollars from the Iranian coffers, invested in various businesses in Macau and elsewhere around the world.