The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said this week that the United States needs to worry about its survival as it formulates “cruel plots” against the Islamic Republic.
“We have grown so much powerful that we don’t feel concerned about the enemy’s unwise attitude. We can go past any enemy scenario, and this has been proved in our contemporary history,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said in Tehran on Wednesday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
“The US should find a way to survive and continue its endangered life, but we are surprised at the enemy’s insistence on costly and useless scenarios,” Jafari added.
Fars said the IRGC commander stressed to the Assembly of Experts that the U.S. created ISIS “to counter Iran’s increasing clout in the region, but to no avail.”
And today in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the open letter from 47 Republican senators on nuclear negotiations, saying they had been inspired by “a Zionist clown’s” recent visit to Washington.
“According to international norms, governments are bound to their commitments and those rules cannot be breached with the change of governments,” Khamenei said, assuring the Assembly of Experts that they’d negotiate a deal that the next administration cannot change even though Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to a Senate panel Wednesday that the agreement is not legally binding.
Khamenei called the letter a sign of “collapse of political ethics” in the United States, according to Fars, adding that while his negotiators are good guys “the other side is cunning and deceitful and used to stabbing in the back.”
He also called the letter “humorous, unworthy and disgusting.”
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told the assembly that the agreement would be subject to international law, not U.S. law.
“The authors may not fully understand that in international law, governments represent the entirety of their respective states, are responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, are required to fulfill the obligations they undertake with other states and may not invoke their internal law as justification for failure to perform their international obligation,” Zarif said.
“I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with ‘the stroke of a pen,’ as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law,” he added.