Iranian general: Trump’s threat to attack Iranian ships ‘a joke’
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Iranian general: Trump’s threat to attack Iranian ships ‘a joke’

Armed forces chief of staff calls president-elect’s boast he won’t tolerate Iranian provocations ‘all talk’

Iran's chief of staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri speaking at a military parade September 21, 2016 (Screen capture: Press TV)
Iran's chief of staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri speaking at a military parade September 21, 2016 (Screen capture: Press TV)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the armed forces chief of staff has criticized Donald Trump for his past harsh words about confronting Iranian boats in the Persian Gulf.

The Thursday report quotes General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri as saying, “The person who has recently achieved power, has talked off the top of his head! Threatening Iran in the Persian Gulf is just a joke.”

He said American presidential candidates during their campaigns “eat too much sugar,” a reference to a Farsi proverb about those who talk nonsense.

In September, Trump said Iranian ships trying to provoke the US “will be shot out of the water” if he were president.

In January, Iran took 10 American sailors prisoner after their ship veered off course into Iranian waters; they were released a day later.

Trump has strongly criticized the nuclear deal, formerly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, reached with Iran to halt its development of nuclear weapons technology, calling it “one of the worst deals in history.”

The president of the Islamic republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, addresses the 71st UN general assembly debate at the UN headquarters in New York City, on September 22, 2016. (Amir Levy/FLASH90)
The president of the Islamic republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, addresses the 71st UN general assembly debate at the UN headquarters in New York City, on September 22, 2016. (Amir Levy/FLASH90)

Following Trump’s electoral victory on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was “no possibility” of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by a Trump administration, despite his threat to rip it up.

“Iran’s understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,” Rouhani told his cabinet, according to state television.

Rouhani’s remarks came after the American ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, a longtime adviser to Obama on the Middle East, called on the incoming administration to adhere to the Iranian nuclear agreement.

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