In a session of parliament on Sunday, a speaker called the United States the “real world terrorist,” according to Reuters. Following the speech, Iranian lawmakers began to chant “death to America.”
To start off a live broadcast on the radio, the parliament’s deputy speaker, Masoud Pezeshkian, said “America is the real terrorist in the world by spreading chaos in countries, giving advanced weapons to terrorist groups, causing insecurity, and still it says ‘Come, let’s negotiate.’”
Following this, the Iranian lawmakers chanted “death to America,” which has been a slogan of the radicals since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the chant comes weeks after Trump stated in a television interview “They (Iranians) haven’t screamed ‘death to America’ lately.”
This comes directly after President Trump called off a military strike on Iran because the strike would cause too many casualties. The strike would have been the response to Iran’s three separate attacks in the span of just over a month on United States oil tankers and an unmanned drone. Trump instead signaled he would like negotiations with Tehran.