(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s supreme chief mentioned President Donald Trump is a “clown” who solely pretends to help the Iranian folks, as he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the primary time since 2012.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will “push a toxic dagger” into the nation’s again. He mentioned the outpouring of grief on the funeral for Iran’s prime normal, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this month, exhibits that Iranians help the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei mentioned America had “cowardly” killed the best commander within the battle towards the Islamic State group when it killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad.
In response, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles focusing on U.S. troops in Iraq, with out inflicting severe accidents. As Iran’s Revolutionary Guard braced for an American counterattack that by no means got here, it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian jetliner shortly after it took off from Tehran’s worldwide airport, killing all 176 passengers on board, principally Iranians.
Khamenei referred to as the shootdown of the aircraft a “bitter accident” that saddened Iran as a lot because it made its enemies completely happy. He mentioned Iran’s enemies had seized on the crash to query the Islamic Republic, the Revolutionary Guard and the armed forces.
He mentioned Western international locations are too weak to “convey Iranians to their knees.” Khamenei mentioned Iran was prepared to barter, however not with the U.S.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has held the nation’s prime workplace since 1989 and has the ultimate say on all main choices. The 80-year-old chief overtly wept on the funeral of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and vowed “harsh retaliation” towards the US.
Authorities hid their position within the tragedy for 3 days, initially blaming the crash on a technical downside. Their admission of duty triggered days of road protests, which safety forces dispersed with dwell ammunition and tear fuel.
Tensions between Iran and the US have steadily escalated since President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Iran’s 2015 nuclear take care of world powers, which had imposed restrictions on its nuclear program in change for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.
The White Home has since imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, together with its important oil and fuel business, pushing the nation into an financial disaster that has ignited a number of waves of sporadic, leaderless protests. Trump has overtly inspired the protesters — even tweeting in Farsi — hoping that the protests and the sanctions will result in basic change in a longtime adversary.
After Soleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iran introduced it could now not be sure by the constraints within the nuclear settlement. European international locations who’ve been attempting to salvage the deal responded earlier this week by invoking a dispute mechanism that’s aimed toward bringing Iran again into compliance and will end in much more sanctions.
Khamenei was at all times skeptical of the nuclear settlement, arguing that the US couldn’t be trusted. However he allowed President Hassan Rouhani, a relative average, to conclude the settlement with President Barack Obama. Since Trump’s withdrawal, he has mentioned there will be no negotiations with the US.
Khamenei final delivered a Friday sermon in February 2012, when he referred to as Israel a “cancerous tumor” and vowed to help anybody confronting it. He additionally warned towards any U.S. strikes on Iran over its nuclear program, saying the U.S. could be broken “10 occasions over.”