Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards released a chilling propaganda video showing the United States Capitol being blown up by a missile and its soldiers “liberating” Jerusalem, the Mail reported on Wednesday.
The video was aired by the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on Iranian state-run television on Sunday before a televised speech to the nation by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
The video opens with armed IRGC troops marching in formation. In the next shot, a missile is seen being launched at an undisclosed location, following by the sight of the US Capitol imploding in a fiery blaze.
Iranian clerics are seen, moments later, walking toward Jerusalem, the holy city at the core of the Israel-Palestine dispute.
The video was broadcast amid reports that Washington and Tehran are nearing the resumption of a nuclear deal.
The music playing in the background of the video is a nationalistic song, according to Kasra Aarabi, an analyst at the Tony Blair Institute.
The lyrics to the song depict the US Capitol as a “palace of oppression” which was “destroyed by the Alavi (Imam Ali’s) IRGC, and the good news of the liberation of Quds (Jerusalem) arrives from Iran.”
Imam Ali is considered a central figure of Shi’ite Islam. Shi’ites consider Ali to be the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammad while Sunnis consider him as fourth in line, causing the split between Shi’ites and Sunnis within Islam.
In reaction to the video, Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, called on the Biden administration to resist Iranian calls to lift sanctions put in place by the Trump administration.
“The Biden admin’s priority should be ensuring Iran cannot carry out such an attack, not capitulating by removing sanctions,” Toomey said.