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For those of you who follow woke Twitter, you know Wednesday dawned with new promise for so many:
Donald Trump was out of power. Democrats would presumably never lose another election. Doves encircled the White House, children around the world clapped their hands in unison, church bells rang out the good news (in a wholly secular way, of course). It was like a political Xanax for everyone on the left side of the political aisle.
It wasn’t just woke Twitter who greeted Inauguration Day with glee, either. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism that bans Twitter, there was also much merriment.
In a statement reported by Iranian state media outlet PressTV, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Trump was a “stupid terrorist” and said he expected President Biden to erase “the black stains” of the Trump years.
Trump, of course, pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. The subsequent sanctions have crippled the Iranian economy and Tehran has been violating the agreement by stockpiling enriched uranium — even though Rouhani insisted in his statement Wednesday that “the JCPOA is alive.” They just don’t follow it.
Rouhani also used the occasion to blast Trump’s strike of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of the top-ranking figures in the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC is listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department, mostly because it’s the main organ by which Tehran sponsors international terrorism. As Breitbart noted, Soleimani is believed to be responsible for hundreds of American deaths through the years.
According to PressTV, Rouhani claimed “outgoing American president, Donald Trump, registered state terrorism on America’s official record by openly accepting responsibility for the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in a third country.”
“We had [never before] seen a US president explicitly announcing that he had assassinated a senior military commander who was a guest in a third country,” Rouhani told a cabinet meeting, the outlet reported.
Rouhani was by a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in January 2020.
“With what this stupid terrorist did, ‘state terrorism’ was inscribed on the forehead of the United States. Today is the end of the political life of the individual who violated international law and [US] obligations for four years,” Rouhani said, according to PressTV.
The outlet went on to report that “Rouhani said Iran expects those taking office in the US to return to the rule of law and work to erase all ‘the black stains’ recorded in US history over the past four years.”
“If they [American statesmen] sincerely return to the law and show their honesty in practice, we will also fulfill our own commitments,” Rouhani said, according to PressTV.
That’s going to be problematic on both sides. Biden has said he would seek to rejoin the JCPOA, although Tehran and the new administration have — at least on paper — vastly different views in terms of where they want to go from there.
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