On Monday, Mohsen Rezaee, the former commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) — and now an adviser to Iran’s ruler — threatened to target U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East.
The former IRGC chief’s message came after President Trump tweeted a strong warning to Iran’s president, demanding that he immediately cease his threats against the United States.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
“When more than fifty thousand of your forces are under Iran’s sword, it’s you who need to be cautious but instead you make demented threats.”
— محسن رضایی (@ir_rezaee) July 23, 2018
Rezaee is currently one of the officers of the regime’s Expediency Discernment Council, which advises Iranian “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei, who wields ultimate power in Iran.
The former IRGC chief is tied to terrorist plots throughout the world. In 2006, an Argentinian judge issued an arrest warrant for Rezaee for his alleged role in the 1994 suicide bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which resulted in the deaths of 85 people and injured 151 more.
The back-and-forth started early Sunday, when Iran’s figurehead president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened the United States with the “mother of all wars.” The White House under President Trump has pledged to support the Iranian people in their protests against the ruling regime. The policy has infuriated the mullahs in Tehran, who claim that the U.S. human rights stance is interfering in their internal affairs.