By Melissa Clyne
Whether or not reports that Iran has a ballistic missile on a launch pad outside Tehran are accurate, the country has missiles with a range of 1,800 miles that can easily reach the southern shores of Europe, making the regime a world threat, according to Iranian Resistance Movement member Ali Safavi, who on Monday appeared on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" with conservative talk show host Jack Burkman.
"Clearly, with or without a ballistic missile, the Iranian regime remains from my view the number one in strategic threat, not only in regional countries, but also to the national security of the United States," Safavi said.
"When you talk about the agenda of the president, the focus has to be on the growing threat coming from Tehran."
If a Republican president occupies the White House following the 2016 election, a complete change of tack from the current administration is imperative, according to Burkman.
"Not only negotiations with Iran have to end, but one of the top priorities of a new president has got to be to strike," he said. "It's time to destroy these capacities of Iran. If we wait, it's going to be too late and it might be too late already."
The Iranians are dangerous and cannot be trusted, Safavi said.
"You have to look at the situation in perspective," he said. "For the past 35 years, and particularly in recent years as the Iranian regime has become more isolated, the problem with the Syrian regime, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere in the region [is that] the Iranian regime has continued to sponsor terror and has continued to finance terrorist groups.
"They spent billions of dollars helping Bashar Assad, up to $2 billion a month. They are helping to keep Assad in power and have been training and financing Shiite militants in Iraq and in Yemen, where Iranian trained, financed and armed rebels have taken over that country.
"The threat of Iran as a terrorist sponsoring regime is very real and the danger is [thinking] if we would think we are nice to them, they'll be nice to us," Safavi said. "The Iranian regime and its leaders are bad actors in the region, and this calls for decisive and firm policy on the part of the U.S. administration."