Iran’s Islamic Revolution four decades ago has been a complete failure for the country, President Donald Trump said Monday.
In a tweet written on the anniversary of the upheaval that was also sent out in Farsi, Trump said: “40 years of corruption. 40 years of repression. 40 years of terror. The regime in Iran has produced only #40YearsofFailure.
“The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future,” he added.
Earlier, Trump’s chief foreign policy advisor John Bolton issued a similar statement, tweeting that “it’s been 40 yrs of failure. Now it’s up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country.”
Bolton said Washington would support “the will of the Iranian people, & stand behind them to ensure their voices are heard.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Iranians they should resist a “conspiracy” involving Washington. The Trump administration has pushed hard to weaken Iran and what it says is Tehran’s “destabilizing” influence.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and Trump has pulled the United States from an international agreement meant to reward Iran for giving up nuclear weapon ambitions.