Iran Threatens Europe, “Today Americans, Next Europeans!”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned in a televised speech Wednesday that European soldiers – not just Americans – “could be in danger” after leaders in Britain, France and Germany began the so-called “dispute process” for the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal with world powers.
“Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European soldier could be in danger,” Rouhani said in a televised speech before his Cabinet. He did not elaborate.
Iran has been slowly pulling back from the nuclear agreement, but Europe has held off going to the U.N. to request that sanctions be put back on Iran, but Iran stating they are pulling out of the treaty has forced European hands.
The remarks came after Britain, France, and Germany, which signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief that they are triggering its “dispute mechanism” – which begins a process that could result in the U.N. restoring sanctions it previously lifted under the deal.
Iran is currently dealing with mass protests over its human rights record. The Iranian leadership, rather then admit they may be at fault here, has chosen to blame the protests on foreign powers.
“In the last few nights, we’ve had people in the streets of Tehran demonstrating against the fact that they were lied to for a couple of days,” Iran’s top diplomat, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said at a conference in New Delhi before praising Iran’s military for being “brave enough to claim responsibility early on.”
Iran’s top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to” for days following the Islamic Republic accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing 176 people, as the country’s president warned that European soldiers in the Mideast “could be in danger” after three nations challenged Tehran over breaking limits of its nuclear deal.
The comments by Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi represent the first time an Iranian official referred to the earlier story that a technical malfunction downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight as a lie.
In his speech Wednesday at the Raisina Dialogue in India, Zarif blamed U.S. “ignorance” and “arrogance” for “fueling mayhem” in the Middle East.
Iran has since it’s signed the Nuclear treaty pushed the boundaries, through all of this Europe has chosen to look the other way while the U.S. has walked away.
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