The defense minister of state-sponsor of terrorism Iran referred to the United States as “an ignorant armed robber” in the Middle East as it warned America to leave the region.
“What is the U.S. doing in the Persian Gulf? They better leave this region and not harass the regional countries,” declared Iranian Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan on Thursday, according to various local news outlets, the majority owned by the oppressive regime.
“Is it acceptable that an ignorant armed robber breaks into someone’s house and expects to get red carpet treatment? This is an instance of modern, 21st-century barbarism,” added Dehghan.
The minister’s comments came in response to the top American commander in the Middle East recently telling the House Armed Services Committee that the Islamic Republic “poses the greatest long-term threat to U.S. interests in the Central Region,” which includes twenty countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and part of Asia (Afghanistan-Pakistan region).
The top U.S. general warned that the threat posed by Iran has only intensified after Iran reached the controversial nuclear agreement in July 2015.
“I think we need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt through military means or other means, their activities,” publicly suggested the U.S. commander.
Less than a year after the signing of the nuclear agreement that the Obama administration promised would improve U.S.-Iran relations, Iran threatened to “drown” U.S. warship in the Persian Gulf.
“Wherever the Americans look in the Persian Gulf, they will see us,” proclaimed Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi, commander of the IRGC Navy, in May 2016, according to Iran’s state-controlled media.
“They know that if they commit the slightest mistake, we will drown their vessels in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, or the Sea of Oman,” he added.
In August of last year, Fox News learned that provocative clashes between Iranian ships and U.S. Navy vessels have dramatically increased in the Persian Gulf — nearly doubling in the first half of last year from 10 that took place during the same period in 2015 to 19.
Moreover, Iran has long maintained a presence in the Western Hemisphere that the U.S. military has regularly described as a threat.
Through its narco-terrorist proxy Hezbollah and its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran has been allegedly recruiting Latin American Muslim converts and adherents of Islam from the substantial Lebanese diaspora in the region.
Unsurprisingly, Iran’s defense chief ignored Iran’s well-documented presence in America’s backyard in Latin America.