During his first UNGA speech, US President Trump said, “The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy” Trump called Iran a “rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.”
UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, called out Iran’s expansionist policies and said it plays an important role in destabilizing the region.
Also accusing Iran of supporting terrorist organizations, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, was Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, who emphasized any normalization in relations with Tehran hinges on this regime ending its support of terrorism.
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said the Iran-backed Houthi militias are carrying out Iran’s interventionist agendas in the region.
Kuwait’s envoy in the UNGA called on Tehran to bring an end to its threats to regional security.
The Cairo-based Arab League closed their September 12th session by issuing a statement condemning Iran’s “meddling in Arabic countries.” He said, “We call on Iran to end its hostile remarks, provocative measures and media attacks against Arabic countries as such actions are considered flagrant meddling in the internal affairs of these Arab states. We condemn Iran’s meddling in the internal affairs of Bahrain and the Syria crisis. These interventions can render dangerous results for Syria’s future, security, sovereignty, stability and national unity.”
A new Human Rights Watch report about Iran’s recruiting of fighters from as far as Pakistan and Afghanistan for the Syria war, indicates that this campaign has even involved Tehran’s conscription of Afghan children.
On Saturday, media reports said that US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused Iran and Russia of continuing to provide armed support to the Afghan Taliban.
On September 14th, Iran’s state-affiliated Arman daily ran a piece entitled, “Iran’s regional and international challenges,” that described the challenges across the region and abroad that the regime’s foreign ministry is facing.
Still, senior Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei continue to be concerned that their “strategic depth” is threatened, which may cause domestic dilemmas for the regime in terms of its populace and the Iranian opposition movement. In fact, Khamenei said in June, “Had the ill-wishers and plotters not been prevented from their evil deeds in Syria we would have to prevent them in the Iranian provinces of Tehran, Fars, Khorasan and Isfahan, so it is better we do it there.”
Heshmat Alavi writes in his article for Al Arabiya, “Iran is known to use its war machine of terrorism and meddling in other countries as means to cloak its domestic crackdown and predicaments. Interesting is the fact that the Iranian people are realizing how Tehran’s regime is becoming weaker by the day. This is seen in their growing number of rallies and the political nature of their demands.”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is an organized opposition movement who is able to motivate and guide protest movements, and this is a major cause for concern in Tehran.
The semi-official Fars news agency, wrote a piece warning the entire regime: “… fear the millions, young and old… all waiting for just a spark to set fire to everything… Have fear, and know that when the storm arrives, there will be nowhere to hide. All paths will be closed… you won’t even reach the airplane’s steps as the Shah was able to…” This is believed to be a reference the Shah of Iran fleeing Iran just weeks preceding the 1979 revolution.