Qaani claimed that for years, the US has crippled Iran with sanctions, but that tide has turned and it is now the Americans who will suffer. Noting Iran’s progress in both military hardware and other technical developments, the commander said that the US knows “if it makes the slightest move against Iran, its teeth will be crushed in its mouth.”
Relations between the US and Iran have not improved since the accession of Joe Biden to the presidency earlier this year. Former president Donald Trump oversaw a deterioration of relations, unilaterally cancelling the nuclear deal agreed under the Obama administration and enacting crippling sanctions on Tehran in 2018.
Attempts to bring the US and Iran back in line with the terms of the 2015 agreement, which put limits on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, have not yet been realized.