“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming.” (Psalm 37:12–13)
In Iran on Saturday, despite earlier announcements by United States Secretary of State John Kerry that “substantial progress” has been made in nuclear talks with the Persian state, “Death to America” chants resounded during a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Still, while Kerry announced Saturday that “important gaps remain” in discussions with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, told reporters, “There is nothing that can’t be resolved. … Achieving a deal is possible.” (The Blaze)
Iran’s Supreme Leader, however, seems less agreeable to a deal, stating that pressure on Iran from the West to concede nuclear territory would not be successful.
“The politics of America is to create insecurity,” Khamenei said. “They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy.” (Times of Israel)
The White House is aiming to meet a March 31 deadline for a final agreement with Iran on nuclear affairs, although the deal is causing much concern internationally.
The Gatestone Institute’s Denis MacEoin said that Khamenei’s threats only reiterate Israel’s warnings to the US about Iranian intentions.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the US Congress earlier this month emphasizing the danger of going for a “bad deal” with Iran, saying “no deal” is better because the terms on the table would “pave the way” to a bomb.
“Over the years, Iran’s threats to destroy Israel, ‘to wipe it’ from the page of history, or to flatten Tel Aviv and Haifa have been direct and unambiguous,” MacEoin said. “The last threat was made just a few weeks ago, on March 1 of this year; and Iran’s Foreign Minister and lead negotiator, Hassan Rouhani, recently described Iran’s diplomacy with the US as an active ‘jihad.'”
New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad and The Last Days Joel C. Rosenberg argues that concessions to Iran by the P5+1 world powers—the United Kingdom, the US, Russia, China and France, plus Germany— “would make Neville Chamberlain blush. … This is a dangerous road. The administration is playing with fire.”
“Under the current deal that’s being [discussed], Iran does not have to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure. It will still be allowed to enrich uranium. It does not have to disclose its nuclear weaponization efforts,” Rosenberg wrote on his blog.
He continued, “It does not have to modify much less abandon its efforts to build ICBMs. And it will be given assurances that all economic sanctions will be removed from Iran in due time, and all nuclear inspectors will be removed, as well.”