Donald Trump, the president of the United States, warned ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, to be "very careful with his words."
"The so-called‘ Supreme Leader ’of Iran, which has not been so Supreme lately, had some unpleasant things to say about the United States and Europe," Trump tweeted about Jamenei's comments on Friday in Tehran.
According to Trump, Jamenei's virulent speech, in which he attacked the "fierce" United States and described Britain, France and Germany as "lackeys" of Washington, was a mistake. “Its economy is collapsing and its people are suffering. I should be more careful with his words! ”The president tweeted.RELATED
In his first sermon on Friday in Tehran in eight years, ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the demolition of the Ukraine International Airlines plane by a missile launched by the Revolutionary Guard as a "bitter accident", which saddened Iran and made its enemies happy . The Iranian supreme leader said the incident is being used to question the Islamic Republic, the Revolutionary Guards and the Armed Forces.
“Some people follow and are guided by American television and English radios, who tried to portray this incident (the demolition of the plane), which was the day of God, so that the great martyrdom of these two martyrs (Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis) be forgotten, ”said the country's highest authority.
The authorities hid their role in the demolition of the plane in which 176 people were traveling for three days, initially attributing it to a technical problem. His admission of responsibility triggered days of street protests, which security forces dispersed with real ammunition and tear gas.
The supreme leader said that President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only intends to support the Iranian people, but "will poke a poisonous dagger" in his back. From his point of view, the mass funerals of Soleimani, who was Iran's highest ranking general and who died in a US air operation earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic.
In response to his death, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles against two US bases in Iraq, without causing casualties or serious injuries. However, Khamenei said the attack had meant a "blow to the image of the United States" as a superpower. But in part of the sermon he said that the "real punishment" would be to force the United States to withdraw from the Middle East.
Ayatollah also lashed out at Western countries, saying they are too weak to "put the Iranians on their knees." He said that the United Kingdom, France and Germany, which this week activated a dispute mechanism to try to get Iran back to comply with the frayed nuclear agreement of 2015, were "despicable" and "servant" governments of the United States. While he admitted being willing to negotiate, he said he would not do so with Washington.
Khamenei has held the highest position in the country since 1989 and has the final say in all important decisions. The 80-year-old leader cried openly at Soleimani's funeral and promised "harsh reprisals" against the United States.
Thousands of people attended Friday prayers, occasionally interrupting his speech with songs such as "God is the greatest" and "Death to America." Tensions between Iran and the United States have steadily increased since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement, which had imposed restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Since then, the United States has imposed crippling measures on Iran, including its vital oil and gas industry, pushing the country into an economic crisis that has unleashed several waves of sporadic and leadershipless protests. Trump has openly encouraged protesters – even tweeting in Farsi – with the hope that protests and sanctions will bring about a fundamental change in a long-standing adversary.
Khamenei was always skeptical about the nuclear agreement, arguing that the United States could not be trusted. But he allowed President Hassan Rohani, a relative moderate, to agree with Barack Obama. Since Trump's withdrawal, he has repeatedly said that there can be no negotiations with the United States.
The last time Khamenei delivered a sermon on a Friday was in February 2012, when he called Israel a "cancerous tumor" and promised to support anyone who confronts him. He also warned against any US attack on Iran by its nuclear program, saying that the United States would be damaged "ten times more."