The commander of Iran’s hardline Revolutionary Guards urged his country to use “all its options” and take unspecified “actions” in the next few months to cause pain to the United States in the wake of criticisms of Iran by US President Donald Trump this week.
“Time is now ripe for correcting the US miscalculations,” General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Wednesday, a day after Trump addressed the UN and called Iran a “corrupt dictatorship” and a “murderous regime.”
Added Jafari: “Now that the US has fully displayed its nature, the government should use all its options to defend the Iranian nation’s interests.”
“Taking a decisive position against Trump is just the start,” he went on, in remarks quoted by the Fars news agency, “and what is strategically important is that the US should witness more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran will take in the next few months.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that Trump’s “cheap, ugly, foolish and unreal” remarks before the UN General Assembly were a sign of desperation.
In a meeting with a clerical assembly, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the comments by the US president, who also denounced the world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, “do not come from power, but from anger, desperation and weak-mindedness.”
On Wednesday at the UN, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani derided Trump as a “rogue newcomer” and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of a “rogue and racist regime,” and vowed that Tehran would respond “decisively and resolutely” if the Iran nuclear deal is remade or canceled.
Later Wednesday, Rouhani said the Iranian people were waiting for an apology from Trump for his “extremely offensive” rhetoric and “unfounded” allegations about Iran.