Iranian Commander Pokes Fun at Bibi’s Congress Speech
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi described the Israeli prime minister’s recent address to the US Congress as a show to “comfort” an ailing regime that is on the brink of collapse.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Saturday, General Naqdi underscored that Iran does not care about Israel’s opposition to a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Pointing to the Israeli prime minister’s speech in Washington, the commander said the US Congress let Netanyahu deliver a speech in order to “comfort the beleaguered Zionist regime, which is on the brink of collapse.”
In a Tuesday speech to the US Congress, Netanyahu warned of a “very bad” nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, accused Tehran of seeking a nuclear bomb, and proposed the idea of war on Iran as an alternative to a deal.
Asked about the specifics of a good nuclear deal, Brigadier General Naqdi said a good agreement is the one that recognizes Iran’s entire nuclear achievements and its right to uranium enrichment, and also leads to the removal of the whole anti-Iran sanctions immediately after taking effect.
While Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, Iranian officials insist that a possible deal should have all sanctions lifted.
The UN Security Council and a number of Western countries have imposed a series of sanctions on Iran, suspecting that its civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Tehran has constantly rejected the allegations as baseless, reiterating that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes only.
Several rounds of nuclear talks have been held in the past, and the current negotiations are aimed at securing a lasting accord by the end of July.