Ismail Kowsari, a senior officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, lashed out at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s vow to impose strong sanctions on the regime. From NBC News:

“The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American secretary of state and anyone who backs them,” said Kowsari, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also mocked Pompeo, asking, “Who are you” to make decisions for Iran while a member of parliament insisted the regime shouldn’t play into “U.S. radicalism.”

History

The United States withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 8 and President Donald Trump said “we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie” as he brought up Israel’s findings of Iran working on its nuclear program. Trump’s admin concluded that we cannot prevent Iran from having a nuclear bomb under this “defective” agreement.”

Trump’s biggest problem with the Iranian deal? The sunset clause “that allows key limitations on Iran’s use and development of new technologies for uranium enrichment to be phased out beginning in 2025.”

He reminded everyone that Iran is a leader of state-sponsored terrorism, especially with Hezbollah. He also believes that if the deal stays in place there would be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Pompeo’s Speech

On Monday, at the Heritage Foundation, Pompeo stated that Trump’s administration has started developing “the strongest sanctions in history” if Iran does not relinquish its desire to make and own nuclear weapons.

If Iran acts on these terms, then America would lift sanctions against the regime. If not…well, the regime will feel the pain. From AFP:

“We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about our seriousness,” Pompeo said in his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA.

“The sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen for itself and the people of Iran,” he added in the speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.

“Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East,” he said in outlining the new US strategy on handling the Islamic regime, including 12 tough conditions from Washington for any “new deal” with Tehran.

He explained more on Twitter:

Mic drop:

Iran’s Reactions to Speech

Remember, this regime constantly violates the natural rights of its citizens, wishes death to America, and wants to wipe Israel off the planet.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked Pompeo:

He said: “That a man who has spent years working in a spying center, now — in the shoes of the foreign minister of the U.S. — wants to makes decisions for Iran and other countries is in no way acceptable,” Rouhani said, according to the Iranian Students News Agency. “Who are you to want to dictate to Iran and the world, and tell Iran what to do or not to do when it comes to nuclear technology?”

Rohani retorted that the statements “move 15 years backwards to the era of Bush junior and a repeat of the same statements as 2003.” He said that “[T]he era of such statements has evolved and the Iranian people have heard these statements hundreds of times, and no longer pays attention.”

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, a member of parliament’s national security committee, described Pompeo’s list of demands as “U.S. dream” and that “Iranians shouldn’t play into the challenges and U.S. radicalism.”