In a message to the Iranian people on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, U.S. President Donald Trump said, “I wish a beautiful and blessed Nowruz to the millions of people around the world who are celebrating the arrival of spring.”
However, he used the message to call out the regime’s “rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people” and expose the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps as “a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad.”
Trump said the Guards spent more than $16 billion financing Syria’s government and supporting terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
“Twenty-five centuries ago, Darius the Great asked God to protect Iran from three dangers: hostile armies, drought, and falsehood,” Trump said in a statement. “Today, the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard Corps represents all three.”
In January, the president informed his European counterparts that unless the flaws in the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers are fixed, he will not extend the existing waivers for sanctions relief that expire May 12.
In a bid to persuade the U.S. not to pull out of the agreement, France asked the European Union on March 19 to consider new sanctions on Iran due to its involvement in the Syrian civil war and its ballistic missile program.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported that Iran rejected any negotiations on the nuclear deal or its ballistic missile program.
“Against the backdrop of European efforts to place limitations on Iran’s ballistic missile program and curtail its regional influence so as to prevent the collapse of the nuclear agreement, Iran continues to emphasize its refusal to negotiate over these matters,” a report by the center states. “In a speech in Tehran, the Supreme Leader Khamenei declared that Iran’s regional policies are not up for discussion and that the United States and European countries do not have any right to conduct negotiations with Iran concerning its presence in the Middle East.”