Following US President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, which featured the signing of a $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh, Iranian officials and prominent figures alike have interpreted the new approach by the White House as an effort to forge an axis or coalition against Iran.
Describing the US arms agreement with Saudi Arabia as “unprecedented,” Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned the Arab states not to forget the fate of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and former Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was toppled in 1979.
Safavi said June 14, “The volume of weapons purchased by the Arab countries — and especially Saudi Arabia — is unusual, and the signing of a $110 billion arms package between the United States and Saudi Arabia and the arms sale will not contribute to the security of southwest Asia, and it will also be used to make the region unsafe and create tension in an area that is the heart of the world's [source of] energy.”
Safavi, who served as commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps between 1997 and 2007, warned, “Before the [Islamic] Revolution [in 1979], the Iranian dictator, the shah, purchased billions of dollars of weapons and equipment form his ally, which was the United States, and [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein] attacked Iran [in 1980] with the United States supporting him militarily [and giving him] weapons. The destiny of these two dictators must set an example for some [regional states]. Certainly, history will be repeated at different times and locations.”
He added, “I hope that the weapons that were sold to these Arab countries will fall into the hands of the Arab nations of the region, like the weapons that were sold to Iran under the shah, and will be used against the Americans and the Zionist regime [Israel]." Safavi further warned the Trump administration, “If America wants to start a war against Iran, all of its military bases in the region will be put in [danger of] insecurity.”
Mentioning the June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran by the Islamic State (IS), Safavi said, “In terms of thinking and ideologically, Daesh [IS] is a Salafi and Wahhabist takfiri group that views Shiites as infidels and [believes that] Shiite women must be taken as slaves.”
Meanwhile, after weeks of controversy, Iran has decided to withdraw from the UN-devised global education agenda, known as Education 2030.
Following Khamenei’s voicing of opposition to the “2030 Plan,” the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, which is chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, opted not to implement the initiative.
Noting his opposition to the UNESCO 2030 agenda, the supreme leader said June 7, “I say that the country’s educational framework should not be written outside of this country.”
Khamenei had also said May 7, “Why should a so-called international community, which is definitely infiltrated by the corrupt powers, have the right to make decisions for the various cultures among nations? … The UNESCO 2030 education agenda and the like are not agendas that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have to surrender and submit to.”