After protests erupted in Iran between civilians and security forces, 21 people have been killed and hundreds arrested overnight, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Iran’s “enemies” on Tuesday for stirring up unrest in the country, while President of the United States Donald Trump tweeted his support of the protesters, saying:
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching! – @realDonaldTrump
Col. Oliver North, Fox News Military Analyst and host of War Stories, joined the Brian Kilmeade Show today to discuss the unrest in Iran, what should happen in North Korea, and what the United States needs to do for both countries.
Col. North on what his next step would be in North Korea:
Recognize that the North Korean issue of nuclear weapons and ICBMs is connected directly to the Iranian regime in Tehran. Has been for years, that’s how they pay for it. It’s not just a matter of cutting off the supply of oil like we’ve now seen several instances of trying to train ship oil from various places by offloading tankers somewhere in international waters, it’s much bigger. The actual involvement of the North Koreans with the Iranians and the technology necessary to build ICBMs and the money to finance that in their nuclear weapons program, that’s why the Iranians have been able to say for years ‘oh we’re abiding by the sanctions, we’re abiding by the so called 2014 Vienna so called deal that came down’. The fact is it’s all being done by the North Koreans with the help of the Iranians both with their money and their technology. What you’ve also seen and you summed it up very neatly is where is all this money going? We’ve given them billions and billions of dollars, the sanctions when the sanctions were lifted, in cash of all things and of course the Europeans have done the same thing now in trade. Where’s the money been going? Certainly not to the economy in Iran. It’s been going to Hezbollah, it’s been going to the Houthi rebels in Yemen and much of it is going to help build nuclear weapons that will be in the hands of both parties at the same time. You mark my words, if this continues in both North Korea and Iran, within days of each other they will both announce ‘we have nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them’ and hold nuclear blackmail over the United States, Israel and the Europeans, who apparently don’t care much about it but they should.
Col. North on what the U.S. has to do in regard to Iran:
We have a wonderful opportunity with what’s happening today based on what people say is an economic issue; this isn’t just an economic issue. The young people who are in the streets, by the way 40 some odd percent of the population in Iran is under the age of thirty. When you see the rebellion that’s occurring right now all across the country, predominantly in the northwest and now literally going to all the places, even the home of the spiritual rebellion that the Ayatollah Khomeini took advantage of back in 1979, it was the young people who brought about that revolution. It’s the young people who are bringing about this counter-revolution, and the United States is going to have to do more than simply give voice to it. What we’ve got to be doing is encouraging these people.
Listen to the full interview below: