Iran reportedly released a propaganda video Sunday depicting a terror attack on the U.S. Capitol/
The propaganda video aired on state-controlled television and depicted its elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces marching before the U.S. Capitol building explodes, The Washington Free Beacon first reported.
“The palace of oppression was destroyed by the IRGC, and the good news of the liberation of [Jerusalem] arrives from Iran,” reads a translation of chanting heard in the propaganda video, according to Tony Blair Institute analyst Kasra Aarabi. The “palace of oppression” refers to the U.S. Capitol.
The video also depicted Iran’s military launching rockets and what appeared to be Iranian forces approaching the city of Jerusalem.
Translation of lyrics:
— Kasra Aarabi (کسری اعرابی) (@KasraAarabi) May 2, 2021
The propaganda video was released ahead of a speech delivered Sunday by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in which he praised the IRGC and celebrated its former leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike during the Trump administration, according to Reuters.
“The Americans have been for years deeply saddened by the Islamic republic’s influence, and they were angry with General Soleimani for this reason and martyred him for this reason,” Khamenei said.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif criticized the IRGC for its outsized political influence in leaked audio released in late April, multiple Iranian and U.S. outlets reported.
Zarif also said Iran “will never be friends” with the U.S. as long as the Islamic Republic “preserves its identity,” according to an independent translation of the leaked audio by the Free Beacon.
The Biden administration is attempting to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and re-start diplomatic engagement with Tehran. But Iran has continued to flout the deal by ramping up uranium enrichment to its highest level ever. (RELATED: Is Biden Getting Ready To Send Iran $7 Billion In Ransom?)
Republicans in Congress accused the Biden administration of removing pressure on Iran placed under former President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions.
Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey tweeted Monday in response to the propaganda video that the Biden administration’s priority “should be ensuring Iran cannot carry out such an attack, not capitulating by removing sanctions.”