Iran aired a gruesome propaganda video on state television Sunday showing the moment an Iranian missile hits the U.S. Capitol. The video aired just as reports indicate that the United States and Iran are moving closer to resuming the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) aired the video on Iranian state television on Sunday, minutes before a televised address to the nation by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. He praised the elite unit depicted destroying the Capitol in the video, Fox News reported.
The Iranian leader also took the opportunity to remember the late General Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 2, 2020.
“The Americans have been deeply saddened for years by the influence of the Islamic republic, and they were angry with General Soleimani for this reason and martyred him for this reason,” Khamenei said.
The video begins with armed IRGC troops marching in formation. In the next frame, a missile is seen launched from an undisclosed location, followed by the sight of the U.S. Capitol imploding in a blazing fire.
Moments later, Iranian clerics are seen walking toward Jerusalem, the holy city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
The clip was aired amid reports that the U.S. and Iran are moving closer to resuming a nuclear deal.
Meanwhile, Fox News reported, top Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday, asking him to provide a detailed strategy for ensuring Iran’s nuclear transparency as the two nations engage in indirect nuclear talks.
Iran has said it will not cooperate with the United Nations regarding its nuclear development or re-enter an international nuclear deal until the United States lifts Trump-era sanctions, something the Biden administration has yet to confirm it will do.
The lawmakers cited Iran’s “ongoing provocative nuclear behavior” and continued development of uranium, which they have brought to dangerous 60% enrichment as stated by the Iranian government. That claim by Iran is among their primary concerns regarding the IAEA’s inability to continue monitoring the Persian nation’s nuclear development.
“We fear that this opacity has grave implications for U.S. national security, as well as the security of our regional allies,” the letter continued.
On the other hand, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, said Tehran would never reach a consensus with the United States or back down from its extreme views. “I believe Iran and the United States will never be friends as long as the Islamic republic retains its identity. Our problems with the United States will never be solved,” the minister said.