National security adviser John Bolton set Iran on notice, telling the rogue nation that if it continued its aggression against the United States and Israel, that there would be “hell to pay.”
Bolton also warned Tehran that “we will come after you” with all the force of the full U.S. military and intelligence.
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National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered a no-holds-barred warning to Iran at a major summit in New York on Tuesday, telling the regime in a fiery speech that “we are watching, and we will come after you” and that there will be “hell to pay” if it continues on its current course.
Bolton’s saber-rattling remarks came hours after President Trump, in his own dramatic address to the U.N. General Assembly, called on “all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues.”
Tensions have dramatically escalated in recent weeks between Iran and the U.S., as well as its regional allies. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that an attack Saturday at an Iranian military parade, which left dozens of Iranian military personnel dead, was carried out by militants trained by Israel and the Gulf states, and supported by the U.S.
On Tuesday, a threatening video showing a simulated Iranian ballistic missile strike on Israel and Saudi Arabia was posted to the Twitter account of the semiofficial state Fars News Agency, before it was quickly deleted.
And a top military official in Iran warned the U.S. and Israel on Monday that there would be a “devastating” response to the parade attack.
In his speech to the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) annual summit, Bolton took aim at the threatening rhetoric long used by Khomeini and other top Iranian politicians.
“According to the mullahs in Tehran, we are ‘the Great Satan,’ lord of the underworld, master of the raging inferno,” Bolton said. “So, I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today: If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay.” Applause broke out in the room.
He continued: “The ayatollahs have a choice to make. We have laid out a path toward a bright and prosperous future for all of Iran, one that is worthy of the Iranian people, who have long suffered under the regime’s tyrannical rule.”
Iran, Bolton said, “brazenly supports the criminal Assad regime in Syria” and was “complicit in Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people.” He also called Iran the world’s “worst kidnapper of U.S. citizens.”
Bolton also dismissed the now-defunct Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran in no uncertain terms as “the worst diplomatic debacle in American history.”
Last month, the Trump administration restored major sanctions against Iran that had been suspended under former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal, threatening to further unravel the Islamic country’s already-struggling economy. Bolton on Tuesday said the sanctions had already had a “crippling” effect on Iran’s economy, and threatened to send its housing market into a recession.
The warning came as reports reveal Iran is still the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism.
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The US State Department released an annual report on Wednesday confirming that “Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.”
Commenting on the report’s findings, the department’s coordinator of counterterroism, Nathan A. Sales, stated, “[Iran] is responsible for intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining U.S. interests in Syria, in Yemen, in Iraq, in Bahrain, in Afghanistan, and in Lebanon, using a number of proxies and other instruments such as Lebanese Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force.”
Sales noted, “The threats posed by Iran’s support for terrorism are not confined to the Middle East; they are truly global.”
While the report identifies a 23 percent decrease in the total number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2017, with total deaths due to terrorist attacks decreasing by 27 percent, the report cautions that “this overall trend was largely due to dramatically fewer attacks and deaths in Iraq.”
With regard to geographical concentration of attacks, 59 percent of all attacks took place in five countries, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Philippines, with 70 percent of all deaths due to terrorist attacks occurring in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria.
Speaking specifically about the Iranian regime, Sales warned, “[It] brings to its terrorist activities the resources of a state. We have seen Iran’s and its proxies’ terrorist-related activities across the globe. There are active fundraising networks in places as far afield as Africa, [and] South America. We’ve seen weapons caches planted around the world. We’ve seen operational activity not just in Lebanon by Hezbollah, but by Iran-backed terrorists in the heart of Europe. Iran uses terrorism as a tool of its statecraft. It has no reservations about using that tool on any continent.
Sales continued, “And as far as Iran-backed terrorist organizations are concerned, we’ve arrested a number of operatives who allegedly were casing targets in support of Iran-backed terrorist organizations and they’re now facing charges in federal court.”
In addition to data on Iran, the report also discusses “a number of major strides that the United States and our international partners made to defeat and degrade terrorist organizations in 2017,” including work “with allies and partners around the world to expand information sharing, improve aviation security, enhance law enforcement and rule of law capacities, and to counter terrorist radicalization with a focus on preventing recruitment and recidivism.”
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