Trump blasts Iranian regime in Persian New Year statement

Trump wishes Iranians a happy Nowruz while also criticizing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Ben Ariel ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday criticized the Iranian regime in a statement he issued wishing Iranians a happy Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

“Twenty-five centuries ago, Darius the Great asked God to protect Iran from three dangers: hostile armies, drought, and falsehood. Today, the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) represents all three,” Trump said in a statement quoted by The Hill.

He described the IRGC as “a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad.”

Trump accused the group of “corruption and mismanagement” and said that the “regime employs propaganda and censorship to hide the fact that the Iranian regime plunders Iran’s wealth and abuses its people.”

“Despite the oppression they face, Iranians are fighting to reclaim their rights. They long for a springtime of hope, and the United States stands with the Iranian people in their aspirations to connect to the wider world and have a responsible and accountable government that truly serves their nation’s interests,” Trump said.

He added that the Treasury Department was issuing guidance “reaffirming America’s support for the free flow of information to the citizens of Iran.”

“We also pledge to continue holding the IRGC and the Iranian regime accountable for conducting cyber-attacks abroad and for suppressing Iranian citizens who are protesting the oppression of their government at home,” continued Trump.

The president has sought to crack down on Iran over its ballistic missile program as well as its support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

Trump, who has blasted the 2015 nuclear deal signed with Iran as “the worst deal ever negotiated”, recently decided to extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran. At the same time, he made clear it would be the last time he will do so and ordered European allies and Congress to work with him to fix “the disastrous flaws” in the 2015 deal or Washington would withdraw.

The president is considered about the deal’s “sunset clauses” as well as about Iran’s ballistic missile program which concerns the West.

Western countries say Iran’s ballistic missile tests are a violation of the UN resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran denies it is in violation of any UN resolutions and categorically rules out any negotiations on its missile program.

During a wave of anti-government protests in Iran earlier this year, the White House expressed support for the demonstrators and blasted the regime for oppressing the protests.

Several months ago, Trump signed into law a bill which imposes sanctions on the IRGC. Iran had blasted the United States over the bill, threatening U.S. military bases in the region.

The Islamic Republic has also promised a “crushing” response if the United States designates the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.