Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed Washington’s decision to put Teheran “on notice” over its missile tests, as he issued a strong denunciation of US President Donald Trump.
In his first speech since Trump’s inauguration, Khamenei said on Tuesday that Trump represents the “real face” of American corruption, Reuters reports.
“We are thankful to (Trump) for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America,” Khamenei was quoted as saying in a meeting with military commanders in Tehran.
During the speech, Khamenei called on called Iranians to take part in demonstrations on Friday, the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, to show they were not frightened of US “threats”.
Trump “says ‘you should be afraid of me’. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against such threats,” Iran’s top authority said.
The comments came after Trump responded to a Jan. 29 Iranian missile test by saying “Iran is playing with fire” and imposed fresh sanctions on individuals and entities.
The White House said the missile test was not a direct breach of Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact with six world powers, but that it “violates the spirit of that.”
When asked about Khamenei’s comments on Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Iran must recognize that the US is under new leadership.
“This president is not going to sit by and let Iran flout its violations or apparent violations to the joint agreement,” Spicer said at a briefing.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran will not renegotiate the nuclear deal that Trump consistently criticized as being a gift to the Islamic Republic.
On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly promised to tear up the nuclear deal.
Khamenei said Tuesday that Trump had confirmed “what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the US ruling system.”
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