In a bid to deflect rising frustration and animosity reportedly directed toward the leadership of the Islamic Republic, President Rouhani urged his countrymen to direct their anger toward the Trump Administration.
“If the people want to curse someone for the shortages and problems in the country, then the address for their curses and hatred is the White House in Washington,” he said, adding that this is “the correct address for all the crimes and pressure on the dear people of Iran” and “those people within it who have committed all these crimes against the Iranian nation.”
In remarks to his cabinet, Rouhani went on to pledge “I have no doubt that there will be a day when America kneels before the Iranian nation.”
Meanwhile at the Iranian Parliament, called “Majlis” in Persian, lawmakers chanted “Death to America” when the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared the country has the military might to “overcome all enemies in any scale of war.”
Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami cautioned that the nation must nevertheless remain vigilant amid ongoing threats posed by the United States, “America’s resentment is constant, and the regime is arrogant,” he charged, adding, that “If we compromise with the U.S., the U.S. will hit us and destroy our will.”