“Banquet of Murderers” read the headline on Iran’s Fars news affiliated with the IRGC, reporting on an Al Arabiya interview with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Although the report on Fridaywas not distorted and summarized Pompeo’s remarks in Persian, but the headline referred to his role in the targeted killing of Iranian military and intelligence strongman, Qasem Soleimani by the United States in 2020.
The headline was also a broadside at Saudi Arabia and its media, Al Arabiya, for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in Turkey. “Banquet of Murderers: Soleimani’s Killer Is Guest of Khashoggi’s Murderers,” said the full headline.
In the interview, Pompeo called the Iranian regime “evil theocrats” who aim to destroy the US and Israel. He also sharply criticized President Joe Biden’s policy toward the Islamic Republic.
“We know who the Iranian regime is. These are evil theocrats intent on the destruction of the nation of Israel and the United States of America. We ought not to be negotiating to figure out how much money to give them in exchange for an ephemeral promise for just a moment to slow down their enrichment and weapons program,” Pompeo told Al Arabiya.
The Trump administration withdrew from the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran, supported by Israel and Saudi Arabia, two countries along with the United Arab Emirates who have been concerned about Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs.