A faculty member at Princeton University from Iran boasted in a recent interview about his country’s regime making death threats against an official in the Trump Administration.
Hussein Mousavian is a former member of the Iranian government’s nuclear negotiations diplomacy team and now works as a Middle East nuclear policy specialist at Princeton. He bragged about having Brian Hook and his family “trembling in fear.” Hook was President Trump’s special envoy for Iran.
Mousavian said that Iran’s threat to kill Hook because of his involvement in the killing of Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani two years ago caused his wife to cry and be unable to sleep. His comments came in a documentary produced on behalf of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and were translated from his native Farsi on the Washington Free Beacon.
Iranian dissidents and activists have long criticized Mousavian’s employment at Princeton because of the role he is believed to have played in multiple human rights cases of abuse as part of the terrorist regime. He has been with Princeton since 2009 and still regularly travels between Iran and the US.
With the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Alireza Nader recently said that it is dangerous for any American university to employ Mousavian, who has been implicated in the deaths of dissidents in the 1990s and celebrating the threats against Hook.
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and former US Ambassador Mark Wallace issued a joint statement pointing out that Mousavian “sounded gleeful” about the concern expressed by Americans subjected to death threats from the Iranian regime. The statement calls Mousavian a stain on Princeton’s “reputation and credibility.”
A Biden State Department spokesperson told the Free Beacon that the department condemns any threats against American officials, citizens, or former officials. Princeton did not respond to requests for comment.
Mousavian told the Free Beacon that he was “merely discussing the realities” regarding the death threat. He also said he believes Soleimani’s killing was a “clear violation” of international law.
American colleges and universities currently employ other former Iranian officials. Oberlin College has been challenged for hiring Mohammad Jafar Mahallati as a religion and Middle East studies professor. Mahallati acted as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations in the 1980s, as Iran was killing thousands of political dissidents.