World War 3: Iran's warning of 'unfinished war' with US and UK exposed
Iran made a chilling warning at a time when Britain appeared to have improved relations with Tehran. Then Prime Minister, David Cameron, met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at 2014's UN General Assembly. The meeting was the first encounter between an Iranian president and a British leader since the 1979 Islamic revolution, which secured Iran its status as an independent republic.
After the meeting, Mr Cameron was overheard by reporters saying that "a little bit of history" had been made.
Even the Iranian regime expressed positivity following the meeting, with Mr Rouhani’s deputy, Hamid Abutalebi, claiming that the meeting prepared the ground for “fundamental changes” in the relationship between Iran and the EU.
But despite this, Iranian hardliners sent a message of defiance to the UK and US, indicating just how hated the West is by some in the Middle Eastern country.
An ultra-conservative Iranian newspaper published an editorial in 2014 cautioning Rouhani about his meetings and a potential agreement with the West over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Under the headline “The unfinished war”, the article reminds its readers that the US and “England” – as Britain is sometimes called in the Iranian press – supported Baghdad in the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran in the Eighties and still imposed sanctions on Iran at the time.
The article said: “The world’s imperialist faction is aiming to bring the powerful and revolutionary Iran to its knees."
Criticism of the UK and US in Iran is not limited to the country's press however, as even Tehran's most prominent figures have unleashed fiery rants aimed at Western nations.
Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed in 2009 that the UK is an "evil" country.
He added that Western countries were "hungry wolves ambushing us and removing the diplomatic cover from their faces".
He added: "The outstanding diplomats of some Western countries who have talked to us with diplomatic courtesy up to now, have, during the past few days, taken the masquerade away from their faces and are showing their true image.
"They are showing their true enmity towards the Iranian Islamic state and the most evil of them is the British government."
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The mention of Britain triggered chants of "Marg bar Ingles" (Death to Britain) from the pro-government followers observing the speech.
Arguably the biggest diplomatic clash between the UK and Iran in recent years came in 2011, when Iranian protestors stormed the British embassy in Tehran in opposition to fresh sanctions on the country.
Demonstrators stormed the embassy, ransacking offices and stealing documents.
One small building was even set on fire during the incident and several people were injured. The Iranian government publicly condemned the violence.
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