The Iranian government is facing mounting protests at home, where Iranian security forces are reportedly using live ammunition on Iranian citizens. The citizens were protesting the government shooting down an airliner that took off from Tehran. All 176 onboard, including 82 Iranians died in the shootdown. The government admitted that it “lied to the people” but they remain steadfast in their threatening manner.

Now Iran is threatening both the troops of the European Union over the scrapped nuclear deal and Greece for an attack that hasn’t even happened yet. 

President Hassan Rouhani’s televised cabinet meeting on Iranian television Wednesday brought the threats against not only the U.S. troops but against the E.U: “Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European soldier could be in danger,” Rouhani said. “We want you to leave this region but not with war. We want you to go wisely. It is to your own benefit.”

Rouhani scoffed at the U.K.’s Boris Johnson’s suggestion to return to the negotiating table to replace the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “I don’t know what the prime minister in London was thinking when he was saying to put aside the JCPOA and implement the ‘Trump deal’,” Rouhani said. “Trump has done nothing but violate international covenants and laws.” 

In a stunning admission, Rouhani and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif admitted that they were unaware that the Ukraine airliner, Flight 752 was shot down by their own forces until Friday, days after the shootdown had happened and countless denials had been voiced. Rouhani, with an eye on the protests ongoing in the country, then tried to deflect the public’s anger from the government to the Revolutionary Guard. 

“In the last few nights, we’ve had people in the streets of Tehran demonstrating against the fact that they were lied to for a couple of days,” Zarif said. It lends credence to at least the thought, ‘who runs Iran?’ Is it the government or the Revolutionary Guard?

What really triggered the Iranians however was that the governments of France, Germany, and the UK, the E3 — all parties to the nuclear deal, along with the European Union (EU) — invoked provisions within the JCPOA, known as the Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM), in an effort to bring Iran back into compliance. This move by the Europeans can be seen as a last-ditch effort to save the nuclear deal — or if it fails, to sink it. 

Earlier, the Iranians threatened Greece over the possible use of Greek bases by the United States, if the U.S. decides to attack Iran.