After President Trump imposed more sanctions on Iran on Monday, Iranian officials and government-connected media mocked Trump, boasting that Trump’s actions would have no impact on the Iranian terrorist-supporting regime.
As The New York Times reported, the Fars News Agency, affiliated with the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, headlined its article, “Ridiculous” while an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousav, taunted, “Are there really any sanctions that the U.S. hasn’t imposed against our country and people in the past 40 years? And what did it achieve?”
The Times noted a popular tweet in Iran that stated, “The only people left to sanction are me, my dad and our neighbor’s kid. The foreign ministry should share Trump’s phone number so we can call him and give him our names.”
Others tried to act threatening; Hassan Soleimani, the editor in chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ Mashregh News Agency, bragged, “Sanctions announced today officially closed all the windows and doors for U.S. and Iran talks. If Trump was hoping for negotiations with Iran, he can now only dream about it.” Abbasali Kadkhodaei, a spokesman of the Guardian Council, echoed that the sanctions on Iranian officials were a “clear violation of Iran’s sovereignty and against international norms.”
The Times protested that Trump was even sanctioning what the Times called “moderates” such as Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif tweeted Monday that Trump’s sanctions showed that members of the Trump administration now “thirst for war.” Zarif did not mention the recent attacks on six tankers near Iran that the U.S. has accused of being connected with Iran, or the Revolutionary Guards firing on an American surveillance drone.
Last month, Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, mocked the West, boasting that it was “declining.” Khamenei wrote, “I declare it firmly that the Western civilization is declining. Even Western intellectuals have felt it. Societies’ events and evolutions occur over time. The Western and materialistic civilization we see today is treading the path towards destruction.”
Also in May, Iran’s director of foreign affairs for the country’s parliament, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, told CNN, “In his mind, Trump thinks he has a gun to Iran’s head with sanctions and he is trying to shut down our economy. This is all in his imagination. Now he wants us to call him? This is a crazy president!”
Amir-Abdollahian huffed that there were “warmongers” in the West Wing, adding, “Also, Trump is not quite balanced and stable in his decision making, so we are dealing with a confused White House. Iran receives various signals which show that no one knows who owns the White House.”
He continued, “Forty years of Islamic Revolution in Iran have shown that you cannot talk to Iran through threats… If he thinks by bringing in some aircraft carriers and bombers he can take advantage of Iran and to force Iran to negotiate from an unequal position, he is wrong. But when their ships get close to us, it is a threat to them. We never welcome war, but we stand steadfast.”