After Iran and the P5+1 announced the JCPOA on July 14, 2015, top Iranian officials, headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said that the country was a superpower with standing equal to that of the U.S., and that this status would become even stronger because of the agreement. They boasted of Iran's might and said that it had forced the superpowers to surrender to it and its demands.
Following are highlights from these statements:
Iranian Defense Minister: The Superpowers Surrendered To Iran And "Obeyed The Iranian Rights"
At an armed forces general command ceremony on August 30, 2015, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said: "Today, Iran has attained such status that the superpowers have surrendered to it, because of its majesty, its steadfastness, its resistance, and its unity. Despite their great pride, the regime of the arrogance [the West, led by the U.S.] sat humbly behind the negotiating table and obeyed the rights of the Iranian nation."
Leader Khamenei: "Those Who Levelled Sanctions Against Us Yesterday Are Dying Today - Because Iran Has Become The Region's Foremost Military Power"
On August 24, 2015, the website of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a poster titled "The Iron Fist," symbolizing Iran's might following the agreement. The text on the poster states: "Those who levelled sanctions against us yesterday are dying today, because Iran has become the region's foremost military power. The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that it works diligently to defend itself. The entire nation unites as a solid fist, standing fast against the aggressors who lack all reason." The poster features a fist adorned with Iranian flags breaking through clouds; the fist is made up of military equipment, including missiles, jets, ships, tanks, and so on.
IRGC Website Javan: "Iran Is Becoming A Power... Equal To America In The World"
On July 15, 2015 the Javan website, which is affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed that Iran has become a superpower with standing equal to that of the U.S., and that this is why the U.S. agreed to conduct a dialogue with Iran in nuclear talks: "In his speech following the agreement between Iran and the P5+1, Obama stated: 'This deal is also in line with a tradition of American leadership. It's now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate." He was speaking then about the need for discussions between the United States and the Soviet Union.'
"This speech clearly shows the sunset of American power and that [the U.S.] has been downgraded from a superpower to an ordinary power. First, Obama considers diplomacy and negotiations to be America's leadership tradition, while its record indicates that since it emerged in the international arena during World War I, it has chosen no path but military force. The wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the dozens of other crimes in Latin America show that America's leadership tradition has never been diplomacy. Superpowers see themselves as too big to waste their time in negotiations and diplomacy with third-world or smaller countries. They are used to determining how others should behave by waving their finger, and fulfilling their interests by way of military assault. America's diplomatic record includes several rounds of talks with the former Soviet Union. Therefore, we can say that from World War II to 1990, America's leadership tradition championed diplomacy or negotiations only vis-├á-vis powers of equal standing...
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"Obama's statements defending negotiating with Iran can lead to one of two conclusions: Either America views Iran and its deterrence as equal to those of the former Soviet Union... or America does not have the status it once did...
"What has happened now is that the U.S. Secretary of State [John Kerry] has abandoned all his duties and his life to negotiate with Iran - to haggle, to capitulate, to call on the Europeans to help in the talks, and he does not consider Iran to be like Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. So what really happened here?
"In his televised speech on April 5, 2015, following the Lausanne agreement, Obama said that of the three options - attack, sanctions, and negotiations - he saw no other option but negotiations, and even before that he said, 'If I could have, I would have dismantled Iran's entire nuclear [project].' The other side of the 'if I could have' coin is 'I can't.' How can we understand this 'I can't?' After all, America has a military presence in 50 places around the globe, including in the Persian Gulf...
"America's conduct in the absence of the Soviet Union shows that Iran is becoming a power that is second to, or even equal to America in the world. [Therefore,] America does not have the courage to attack it militarily or even to conduct bilateral talks [with it], so it is being helped by three European countries [France, Britain, and Germany].
"It is not unreasonable that America believes that our military capabilities do not surpass its own, but it fears [Iran's] soft power, which is stronger than military bombardment... This soft power has two main avenues: an covenant between the nation and the Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini]... and an alliance with the countries of the region [that is based on] emotion and faith. The Iraqi nation is an example of this alliance; there, America sacrificed 4,400 troops and ousted Saddam [Hussein], but the friends of the Islamic Revolution [of Iran] sat on Saddam's throne and did not in any way allow [the Americans] to seize power there. This soft power cannot carry out a military assault, which is why the Islamic Revolution's increasing might has caused America to transform itself, due to fear, from a stupid enemy into a relatively clever one."
Senior Khamenei Advisor In IRGC: Nuclear Agreement Will Improve Iran's Status And Might
Yadollah Javani, senior advisor to Khamenei in the IRGC, wrote in the July 27, 2015 editorial of the IRGC weekly Sobh-e Sadeq: "Will war break out between Iran and America? This cannot be decisively answered with a yes or no. But we can prove that in past years, the U.S. was incapable of carrying out, and could not work up the courage to carry out, a military assault on Iran. In the past decade, the Americans and Zionists have repeatedly threatened to attack Iran, but due to their deep concerns regarding the implications of a possible war against [Iran], they have not followed through with their threats... Therefore, American officials announced that Iran's nuclear dossier would only be resolved by diplomatic means.
"After the [April 2, 2015] Lausanne statement, U.S. President Obama announced that war or increased sanctions would not subdue Iran or destroy its nuclear industry. Throughout all these years the Americans threatened to attack Iran militarily, but both they and others, including the Iranian nation, knew full well that this threat was mainly psychological warfare, and that America could not start another war in West Asia.
"With its record of empty military threats, the Americans once again began to boast about the issue of a military assault on Iran, after the conclusion of the Vienna talks and the signs of an emerging nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. The military threat has come from Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and other American officials in recent days; they have all stressed the option of military force against Iran in the future...
"So far the Americans have not attacked, because of Iran's deterrence, which is steadily increasing. A decade ago, the Americans were stronger than they are today, and the Islamic Republic of Iran was weaker. In the past decade, the power of America and its allies in the region has eroded, while the power of the Islamic Republic and its allies has only increased. Therefore, the regional upheavals during the past decade have worked in Iran's favor, and to the detriment of the U.S.. Thanks to the nuclear agreement, this process will not take a turn for the worse for Iran, but could only add special might to it.
"This is precisely the cause of the concern regarding the nuclear agreement that has been expressed by officials of the Zionist regime and of America's other allies in the region, such as the Al-Saud regime. Therefore, the boasting by America, following the acknowledgement of a nuclear Iran by the agreement between Iran and the P5+1, comes from necessity, and reflects America's attempt to maintain the fa├ºade of its status as a world superpower.
"However, the truth is that the time of this superpower has passed, and America must accept the facts of the new world. The world's balance of power is shifting, and a new international political order is being shaped. [This new world order] includes the acknowledgement of a nuclear-fuel-cycle-Iran with decisive deterrent capabilities in the region by the world's six main powers..."