IRGC chief to Trump: Never threaten Iran

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TEHRAN — Ira­ni­ans on Sun­day held a large gath­er­ing out­side the for­mer U.S. em­bassy in Tehran to cher­ish the mem­ory of the cap­ture of the “den of spies” in 1979, as the late Imam Khome­ini called it back then.

The rally was held a day ahead of the reim­po­si­tion of U.S. sanc­tions on Iran which had been lifted un­der the 2015 nu­clear deal.

#DownWithUSA in Farsi trended on Twit­ter, as the de­mon­stra­tors shouted the motto as they have over the past four decades since the rev­o­lu­tion.

The key speaker of the gath­er­ing was the com­man­der of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards. His “never threaten” ad­dress to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump quickly made it to lo­cal me­dia head­lines.

“Never threaten the Ira­nian peo­ple… do not make mil­i­tary threats against us, and do not frighten us from mil­i­tary threats,” Mo­ham­mad Ali Ja­fari warned.

Point­ing to U.S. sol­diers’ “whim­per of fear” in their en­counter with Iran and the high num­ber of Amer­i­can vet­er­ans who com­mit sui­cide be­cause of de­pres­sion, the IRGC chief said the U.S. power is on the wane.

The en­emy’s last op­tion, namely eco­nomic war on Iran, has been de­feated and the U.S. tool of sanc­tions has be­come use­less, the com­man­der stated.

He also stressed that the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion would have not lasted for 40 years if the den of spies had not been taken over by stu­dents back on Novem­ber 4, 1979.

Of­fi­cials at­tend rally

Many top of­fi­cials at­tended the anti-U.S. rally. Among them was Ju­di­ciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Lar­i­jani.

Speak­ing to re­porters on the side­lines of the rally, he said the gath­er­ing sends a mes­sage to the U.S.

The Ira­nian na­tion will never give way to pres­sure, the top judge as­serted.

“These peo­ple have been tried be­fore. Over the forty years of the rev­o­lu­tion they have with­stood all pres­sures,” he added.

Ah­mad Khatami, a mem­ber of the As­sem­bly of Ex­perts, also spoke on the side­lines of the rally.

“To­day Amer­ica is weaker than the past… wit­nessed by the fact that they have $800 bil­lion bud­get deficit,” Khatami re­marked.

“Amer­ica has been com­mit­ting crimes in our coun­try; since the 1953 coup to date it is do­ing crimes against this na­tion,” Khatami added.

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