‘Time to correct US miscalculations:’ Iran’s army chief vows ‘painful response’ to Trump’s UN speech
“Taking a decisive stance against Trump is just the beginning. What is strategically important is that the United States faces more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran takes in the coming months,” Jafari said in a statement, as cited by Sepah News, the media outlet of the Revolutionary Guards.
He went on to say that Trump revealed the “true face” of the US, which is that of a “corrupt and bullying state,” to the whole world when he made “slanderous accusations against Iran” in his UN speech.
“Today, the world sees the same image of the United States that Iran has been trying to reveal for many years,” the major general added.
In his speech on Tuesday, Trump called Iran a “depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” saying that it funds “terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.”
He also slammed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran as “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” in US history.
In his Wednesday statement, Jafari expressed his hope that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would give “a decisive” answer to these accusations and urged the government to “use all options to defend the interests of the Iranian nation.”
“It is time to correct the miscalculations of the United States,” he said.
The US president’s UN speech was condemned by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who called it “shameless and ignorant.” The diplomat also said that the Iranian nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was “non-negotiable.”
Trump’s statements, in which he repeatedly expressed his ultimate desire to bring down the agreement, have already provoked an angry reaction from Teheran.
On September 19, Rouhani said in an interview with CNN that withdrawal from the nuclear deal would come at a “high cost” to Washington. Earlier, he also said that Tehran is ready to scrap the deal within “not a week or a month but within hours” and return to its nuclear program, should Washington impose new nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.
Last week, Trump hinted that the US might not recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement in October, adding that Tehran “violated the spirit of that deal.”
However, on Wednesday, the US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly did not necessarily indicate a US intention to withdraw from the deal.