TEHRAN (Basirat) : The leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam movement warned President Trump that the resumption of sanctions on Iran could lead to the destruction of the United States, and defended his participation in a group chant of "Death to Israel, Death to America” earlier this week in Tehran.
Louis Farrakhan, 85, arrived in Iran over the weekend to celebrate the 39th
anniversary of the takeover the American embassy in Tehran during the Islamic
Revolution of 1979.
On Sunday, Farrakhan spoke at an event at the University of Tehran, denouncing
the United States, saying the U.S. had "never been a democracy,” and leading a
group chant of "Death to America, Death to Israel”.
During the event, Farrakhan criticized the U.S. over the decision to restore
sanctions on Iran, after the U.S. dropped out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action in May. Farrakhan cited statements by Iranian leaders decrying
the U.S. as the "Great Satan”.
"Is it not true that you have called America the 'Great Satan'? Well, if you
believe what you say, then would not Satan be actively involved in trying to
destroy a nation that is set up on the belief and practice of submission to the
will of God? So we should not be surprised at what Satan does to ill affect the
At a press conference on Thursday, Farrakhan responded to questions from
journalists regarding the group chant on Sunday, and warned that the U.S. would
be destroyed if it went to war with the Iranian people. Farrakhan also blamed
the occupying regime of Israel for "insisting” the U.S. challenge Tehran.
"If the trigger of war in the Middle East is pulled by (Donald Trump), using
your surrogates at the insistence of Israel, then the war will trigger another
kind of war which will bring China, Russia - all of the nations - into a war.
And it bothers me to say this to you, Mr. President, but the war will end
America as you know it."
The Nation of Islam leader also defended Iranian students who participated in
the "Death to America, Death to Israel” chant, saying they had "a right to chant
"When these Iranians chant, 'Death to America, Death to Israel' - no chant can
bring about your death. But it is your policies that are eroding trust for you
in the world, favor for you in the world. If you do this, you will bring - about
not the Iranian chant - you will bring about the death of the greatest nation."
"I know that chant came from the people of Iran. This sanction (regime) is what
is hurting the people of Iran. They have a right to chant it."
Farrakhan lashed out at the Trump administration for reimposing sanctions on
Iran, saying the bans are "hurting the people of Iran,” not the Iranian
government, as claimed by American officials.
"In America they said that they gave Iran billions of dollars, but they never
said that they were holding over 150 billion dollars of Iranian money and they
were supposed to give it back during the treaty arrangement," he added.
He also blasted Trump’s policies in the Middle East, saying the U.S. is trying
to create further division among Shias and Sunnis in the region.
"President Trump … asked Saudi King Salman to call all the Sunni nations to
gather in Riyadh and he would come and address them. And when Trump went to
Riyadh, I saw him with pictures of new jet fighter planes, showing them to the
king, and then they announced a $110 billion sale of weapons to Saudi (Arabia),
the UAE - billions of dollars for weapons," he said.
"But if you listen carefully to his speech, he was making … division between
Sunni and Shia, and aiming those weapons subtly toward Iran, and then openly
saying to all those nations they should reject their brother Iran,” he said.
Farrakhan condemned U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which are being used to
slaughter the innocent people of Yemen, saying, "What is going on in Yemen is a
crime against humanity with American planes, American bombs used.”
He also called on the international community to rise up against the persecution
of Muslim people whether in Yemen or in Myanmar against Rohingya.