According to Salami, Iran no longer sees the U.S. as a threat after withdrawing troops from the area.
“We have built up the power to defeat the US. When we build power for humanity’s greatest military empire, which is the US, small powers like the Zionist regime no longer count in our equation,” General Salami said.
“We have seen the United States fail, flee, and be depressed,” he was quoted as saying Sputnik from Insider, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
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Salami also stated that Iran had successfully overcome US sanctions.
“In our own country, despite all natural pressure or coercion, the Iranians have been involved in the fight,” he said.
In 2018, former US President Donald Trump scrapped the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, introducing tough sanctions against the Islamic Republic under a “maximum pressure” campaign. The US sanctions have, to a large extent, taken a toll on the lives of ordinary Iranians, especially in times of the pandemic, as Iran has been prevented from procuring medicines and medical equipment from abroad.
But Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden, showed interest in turning a new page on US-Iran relations during his first address to the UN General Assembly. Even so, he stressed his commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
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“The United States remains committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We are working with the P5+1 to engage Iran diplomatically and seek to return to the JCPOA,” Biden said.