Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani said in a November 5, 2023 video posted on SNN.ir (Iran) that the Americans are worried and wish to save themselves and the "usurping Zionist regime." He continued to say that Iran has always advised America against supporting Israel and that they must implement a ceasefire. Gharaei Ashtiani stated that America is pleading for Iran’s help to get out of the bind they have found themselves in.
Ashtiani: "[The U.S.] and the Zionist regime are drowning in a swamp of their own creation, and all the messages [they send us] stem from fear. They are worried and wish to save themselves and the usurping Zionist regime from demise, by any means possible. We have always advised [the Americans] against supporting [Israel]. In addition, they must stop this war immediately, and implement a ceasefire, or they will suffer heavy blows."
Reporter: "Will new fronts against Israel be opened in the coming days?"
Ashtiani: "If this war continues, all the countries, all the freedom-lovers in the world, and all the groups in the region will resort to implementing whatever options they have in mind. Therefore, they will definitely suffer heavy blows. They are vulnerable and will pay a heavy price. They should comply as fast as possible. This has always been the Iranian position. The [Americans] pleaded with us in their messages. There might have been two [threatening] sentences there, to save face, but the truth is that they know they are in a bind, and are asking for our help to find a way out."