• Kerry: Iran’s ‘Death to America’ Chants Do Not Mean They Want to Kill Us

    Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress during the nuclear talks that the regular “death to America” chants by the Iranian regime aren’t an indicator that they mean us harm.

    Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) asked Kerry during his appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Tehran’s policy in light of the “death to America” chants common at events presided over by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani.

    “It is the policy of the ayatollah – if you can answer for him – that Iran wants to destroy the United States?” Poe asked Kerry. “Is that still their policy, as far as you know?”

     “I don’t believe they’ve said that,” Kerry replied. “I think they’ve said ‘Death to America’ in their chants, but I have not seen this specific.”

    “Well, I kind of take that to mean that they want us dead,” Poe said. “That would seem like that would be their policy. He said that. That – you don’t think that’s their policy? I’m not mincing words. Do you think it’s their policy to destroy us?” Poe asked.

     “I think they have a policy of opposition to us and a great enmity, but I have no specific knowledge of a plan by Iran to actually destroy us,” Kerry said.

    Pressed again on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s recent rally at which “death to America” was chanted, Kerry said the threats “reflect an attitude and rhetorical excess, but I see no evidence that they have a policy that is implementing that against us at this point in time.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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