National Security Adviser John Bolton, speaking at a major summit in New York, warned Iran on Tuesday that if the country continued on its current course the United States would come after them and “there will be hell to pay.”
His comments came only hours after President Donald Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly, where he urged “all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues.”
The already strained tension between the two countries worsened on Saturday when Tehran blamed a deadly military parade attack on the U.S. and its allies. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed the attack in which 12 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were killed was supported by the United States and carried out by its allies’ militants.
On Tuesday, the semi-official state Fars News Agency posted a video on its Twitter account showing a simulated Iranian ballistic missile strike on Israel and Saudi Arabia, but it was removed shortly afterward, Fox News informs. Earlier, a top Iranian military official also threatened the U.S. and Israel, saying there would be a “devastating” response to the parade attack.
In his speech to the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) annual summit, Bolton addressed the threatening rhetoric Khomeini and other top Iranian politicians often use.
“According to the mullahs in Tehran, we are ‘the Great Satan,’ lord of the underworld, master of the raging inferno. So, I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today: If you cross us, our allies, or our partners; if you harm our citizens; if you continue to lie, cheat and deceive, yes, there will indeed be hell to pay,” he said.
Bolton then went on to say that Iran had a choice and an opportunity to ensure a better future for its people, maintaining, however, that it instead chooses to continue its support of “the criminal Assad regime in Syria and is complicit in Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke at the summit where he condemned other nations’ support of Iranian-sponsored terrorism by working with it.