Iran Regime Celebrates Its Victory
in the Nuclear Agreement
MEMRI Special Dispatch
September 4, 2015
After Iran and the P5+1 announced
the JCPOA on July 14, 2015, top Iranian officials, headed by Supreme Leader Ali
Khamenei, said that the country was a superpower with standing equal to that of
the U.S., and that this status would become even stronger because of the
agreement. They boasted of Iran's might and said that it had forced the
superpowers to surrender to it and its demands.
Following are highlights from
Iranian Defense Minister: The
Superpowers Surrendered To Iran And "Obeyed The Iranian Rights"
At an armed forces general command
ceremony on August 30, 2015, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said:
"Today, Iran has attained such status that the superpowers have surrendered
to it, because of its majesty, its steadfastness, its resistance, and its unity.
Despite their great pride, the regime of the arrogance [the West, led by the
U.S.] sat humbly behind the negotiating table and obeyed the rights of the
Leader Khamenei: "Those Who
Levelled Sanctions Against Us Yesterday Are Dying Today – Because Iran Has
Become The Region's Foremost Military Power"
On August 24, 2015, the website of
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a poster titled "The Iron
Fist," symbolizing Iran's might following the agreement. The text on the
poster states: "Those who levelled sanctions against us yesterday are dying
today, because Iran has become the region's foremost military power. The Islamic
Republic of Iran has proven that it works diligently to defend itself. The
entire nation unites as a solid fist, standing fast against the aggressors who
lack all reason." The poster features a fist adorned with Iranian flags
breaking through clouds; the fist is made up of military equipment, including
missiles, jets, ships, tanks, and so on.
IRGC Website Javan: "Iran Is
Becoming A Power... Equal To America In The World"
On July 15, 2015 the Javan
website, which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),
claimed that Iran has become a superpower with standing equal to that of the
U.S., and that this is why the U.S. agreed to conduct a dialogue with Iran in
nuclear talks: "In his speech following the agreement between Iran and the
P5+1, Obama stated: 'This deal is also in line with a tradition of American
leadership. It's now more than50 years since President Kennedy stood before the
American people and said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us
never fear to negotiate." He was speaking then about the need for
discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union.'
"This speech clearly shows
the sunset of American power and that [the U.S.] has been downgraded from a
superpower to an ordinary power. First, Obama considers diplomacy and
negotiations to be America's leadership tradition, while its record indicates
that since it emerged in the international arena during World War I, it has
chosen no path but military force. The wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and
Afghanistan, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the dozens of other
crimes in Latin America show that America's leadership tradition has never been
diplomacy. Superpowers see themselves as too big to waste their time in
negotiations and diplomacy with third-world or smaller countries. They are used
to determining how others should behave by waving their finger, and fulfilling
their interests by way of military assault. America's diplomatic record includes
several rounds of talks with the former Soviet Union. Therefore, we can say that
from World War II to 1990, America's leadership tradition championed diplomacy
or negotiations only vis-à-vis powers of equal standing...
"Obama's statements defending
negotiating with Iran can lead to one of two conclusions: Either America views
Iran and its deterrence as equal to those of the former Soviet Union... or
America does not have the status it once did...
"What has happened now is
that the U.S. Secretary of State [John Kerry] has abandoned all his duties and
his life to negotiate with Iran – to haggle, to capitulate, to call on the
Europeans to help in the talks, and he does not consider Iran to be like
Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. So what really happened here?
"In his televised speech on
April 5, 2015, following the Lausanne agreement, Obama said that of the three
options – attack, sanctions, and negotiations – he saw no other option but
negotiations, and even before that he said, 'If I
could have, I would have
dismantled Iran's entire nuclear [project].' The other side of the 'if I could
have' coin is 'I can't.' How can we understand this 'I can't?' After all,
America has a military presence in 50 places around the globe, including in the
"America's conduct in the
absence of the Soviet Union shows that Iran is becoming a power that is second
to, or even equal to America in the world. [Therefore,] America does not have
the courage to attack it militarily or even to conduct bilateral talks [with
it], so it is being helped by three European countries [France, Britain, and
"It is not unreasonable that
America believes that our military capabilities do not surpass its own, but it
fears [Iran's] soft power, which is stronger than military bombardment... This
soft power has two main avenues: an covenant between the nation and the Imam
[Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini]... and an alliance with the countries of the
region [that is based on] emotion and faith. The Iraqi nation is an example of
this alliance; there, America sacrificed 4,400 troops and ousted Saddam
[Hussein], but the friends of the Islamic Revolution [of Iran] sat on Saddam's
throne and did not in any way allow [the Americans] to seize power there. This
soft power cannot carry out a military assault, which is why the Islamic
Revolution's increasing might has caused America to transform itself, due to
fear, from a stupid enemy into a relatively clever one."
Senior Khamenei Advisor In IRGC:
Nuclear Agreement Will Improve Iran's Status And Might
Yadollah Javani, senior advisor to
Khamenei in the IRGC, wrote in the July 27, 2015 editorial of the IRGC weekly
Sobh-e Sadeq: "Will war break out between Iran and America? This cannot be
decisively answered with a yes or no. But we can prove that in past years, the
U.S. was incapable of carrying out, and could not work up the courage to carry
out, a military assault on Iran. In the past decade, the Americans and Zionists
have repeatedly threatened to attack Iran, but due to their deep concerns
regarding the implications of a possible war against [Iran], they have not
followed through with their threats... Therefore, American officials announced
that Iran's nuclear dossier would only be resolved by diplomatic means.
"After the [April 2, 2015]
Lausanne statement, U.S. President Obama announced that war or increased
sanctions would not subdue Iran or destroy its nuclear industry. Throughout all
these years the Americans threatened to attack Iran militarily, but both they
and others, including the Iranian nation, knew full well that this threat was
mainly psychological warfare, and that America could not start another war in
"With its record of empty
military threats, the Americans once again began to boast about the issue of a
military assault on Iran, after the conclusion of the Vienna talks and the signs
of an emerging nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. The military threat
has come from Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary
Ashton Carter, and other American officials in recent days; they have all
stressed the option of military force against Iran in the future...
"So far the Americans have
not attacked, because of Iran's deterrence, which is steadily increasing. A
decade ago, the Americans were stronger than they are today, and the Islamic
Republic of Iran was weaker. In the past decade, the power of America and its
allies in the region has eroded, while the power of the Islamic Republic and its
allies has only increased. Therefore, the regional upheavals during the past
decade have worked in Iran's favor, and to the detriment of the U.S.. Thanks to
the nuclear agreement, this process will not take a turn for the worse for Iran,
but could only add special might to it.
"This is precisely the cause
of the concern regarding the nuclear agreement that has been expressed by
officials of the Zionist regime and of America's other allies in the region,
such as the Al-Saud regime. Therefore, the boasting by America, following the
acknowledgement of a nuclear Iran by the agreement between Iran and the P5+1,
comes from necessity, and reflects America's attempt to maintain the façade of
its status as a world superpower.
"However, the truth is that
the time of this superpower has passed, and America must accept the facts of the
new world. The world's balance of power is shifting, and a new international
political order is being shaped. [This new world order] includes the
acknowledgement of a nuclear-fuel-cycle-Iran with decisive deterrent
capabilities in the region by the world's six main powers..."
 Tasnimnews.com (Iran), August
 Farsi.khamenei.ir, August 24,
 Whitehouse.gov, July 14, 2015.
 Javan (Iran), July 15, 2015.