Iran’s supreme leader brands Trump a ‘clown’ as he issues chilling warning about US troops
In a televised sermon he claimed the US government did not care about the Iranian people and only wanted to “stab them in the heart with their venomous daggers”. The Islamic Republic’s most powerful figure made the comments after Donald Trump used Twitter to reach out to Iranian civilians as they took to the streets of Tehran in their thousands to protest against the regime’s downing of a passenger jet. Ayatollah Khamenei told worshippers at a mosque: “The villainous US government repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian people. They lie.
“If you are standing with the Iranian people, it is only to stab them in the heart with their venomous daggers.”
He continued: “The seamless US government was disgraced by calling Martyr Soleimani a terrorist when he was recognised by everyone as the most prominent and powerful commander in the fight against terrorism.
“The US government killed Martyr Soleimani not on the battlefield, but thievishly and cowardly.”
He added: “These American clowns who lie and say they are with the Iranian people should see who the Iranian people are.”
And in a chilling warning to Washington, Khamenei said: “Resistance must continue until the region is completely freed from the enemy’s tyranny,” as he demanded the withdrawal of American troops from neighbouring Iraq and the wider Middle East.
Khamenei also said the retaliatory strikes on military bases in Iraq which housed US troops served as “a blow to the dignity and awe of the US as a superpower”.
His rare speech on the Islamic holy day comes after Iranians called on Khamenei to resign after the country admitted “unintentionally” shooting down the Ukrainian aircraft.
All 176 people on board were killed.
The majority of the crew and passengers were Iranian or dual nationals.
Canada, Ukraine, Britain, Sweden and Afghanistan, which all had citizens on the flight, have demanded compensation and a thorough investigation into what happened.
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The aircraft was brought down shortly after it took off from Tehran’s international airport.
Today, Khamenei called for national unity and said Iran’s “enemies” had tried to use the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 to shift attention from the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
President Trump jumped on the protests as a means to show solidarity with the “great Iranian people”.
He tweeted: “To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS.
“Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.
“Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!”
And in an earlier tweet this week he claimed he had “stood with” the “brave, long-suffering people of Iran” since he entered the Oval Office in January 2017.
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