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Top Iran Official Says U.S. Wants To Provoke 'Chaos' And 'Rebellion'

Iran -- Director of The Expediency Discernment Council of the System, Mohsen Rezaei, undated.
Iran -- Director of The Expediency Discernment Council of the System, Mohsen Rezaei, undated.

An influential official in Iran claims that the U.S. intends to "provoke chaos and rebellion" in Iran by weakening the value of its national currency, the rial, and then, "use human rights as an excuse" to interfere in the country's internal affairs.

In a speech cited by a website run by his close allies on December 21, the former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Chief Commander, Major General Mohsen Rezaee maintained that President Donald Trump, "by provoking Israel and Saudi Arabia" against Tehran, has made the Middle East his priority, placing Iran at the top of his list.

Rezaee is currently the secretary of the Islamic Republic's influential Expediency Discernment Council (EDC), a conservative watchdog.

The conservative website, Tabnak, also quoted Rezaee as saying, "Washington has decided to "pave the way" for the "surrender of the Islamic Republic's regime, through imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Following President Trump's withdrawal from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, and re-imposition of Washington's sanctions on the Islamic Republic last May, the value of the rial, has dramatically dropped and the country is facing multiple economic problems.

"They (U.S.A.) intends to force Iranian factories to close down, drag the government to a point that it would be incapable of paying salaries to its employees, and create chaos and rebellion," Rezaee claimed, adding, "Then, the hypocrites (exiled dissident group, Mujahedin Khalq Organization [MKO]) would step in followed by U.S. intervention, using human rights issues as an excuse."

Rezaee has not elaborated on "U.S. intervention", but apparently, he meant a "military intervention".