Revolutionary Guard Commander: US Bowed to Iranian Might
Maj.-Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boasted in a speech he gave to the Bagherololoum Scientific Festival in Tehran that the United States had “bowed” before Iran’s might.
Jafari said that the concessions the U.S. had been offering – in the ongoing nuclear talks as well as in taking a generally more conciliatory approach to Tehran – were a result of Iranian power.
Jafari then spoke angrily about the United States’ regional allies, particularly Saudi Arabia, alleging that its current operation in Yemen, aimed at preventing Iranian backed Houthi rebels from seizing control of the country, is in line with Israeli regional policy.
“The traitor Saudi Arabia is following the path of Israel,” Jafari said according to semi-official Iranian state news outlet Mehr.
He also issued a veiled threat against the Saudis, saying that the monarchy’s family in Riyadh “is on the edge of disintegration and collapse and regional and international analysts have already confirmed its fall. We are hopeful it would happen.”
Jafari said that, in light of Saudi Arabia’s “aggression” towards Yemen, Iran “can no longer stay silent.” He called on Iranian officials to reorient their policies on Saudi Arabia in light of its strikes in Yemen as part of Operation Decisive Storm.
“Now that the attacks have been launched [against Yemen], no considerations should be shown,” to Riyadh, he said, adding that Iran should not “rupture” its considerations and reservations towards the Saudis.