Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah launched verbal attacks on the United States over the weekend, while Hezbollah publicly stated it receives financial aid from Tehran.
"We say it out loud and with pride, and we thank it for all the moral and financial support,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said during a July 25 graduation ceremony for “martyrs’ sons” in Beirut. This ceremony was described by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency as “a cultural ceremony.”
During his speech, Nasrallah went on the offensive against the United States.
“The United States is the Great Satan, and will remain the Great Satan even after the Iran nuclear deal,” he said. “We feel pride when the U.S., which we consider the Great Satan before and after the nuclear deal, penalizes us because we are defending our country against the Takfiri (infidel) and Israeli schemes.”
Hezbollah divisions are designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Egypt and the European Union.
Hezbollah’s paymasters in Iran also lambasted the U.S. on July 25.
“The coup against a democratic government and its support for the coup government in 1953, all-out support for the Pahlavi regime, and backing Saddam Hussein regime in its countless crimes against the people of Iraq and Iran, are the reasons for the Iranians’ anger at Washington.”
Zarif was responding to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 23.