Ayatollah Khamenei Loss of life to America, remarks got here as Iran marks the 40th anniversary.
Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the “Loss of life to America” chants which might be a typical fare at anti-US rallies throughout Iran, however mentioned the slogan was aimed toward American leaders and never its folks.
Khamenei’s web site on Friday quoted him as saying the mantra meant “demise to US leaders, demise to [US President Donald] Trump and John Bolton and [Mike] Pompeo”.
“It means demise to America’s rulers … we have now nothing towards the American folks,” he mentioned.
Bolton is the US’ nationwide safety adviser, whereas Pompeo is the secretary of state.
Khamenei mentioned the Iranian folks “is not going to cease saying ‘Loss of life to America’ so long as the US acts maliciously” in direction of Iran.
Khamenei was referring to Trump’s State of the Union deal with this week by which the American president, amongst different issues, mentioned: “We is not going to avert our eyes from a regime that chants demise to America.”
Khamenei’s remarks got here as Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution. He additionally warned Iranian officers to not belief Europeans.
Iran and Europe have been engaged in talks to avoid wasting the 2015 nuclear deal after the US withdrew from it final 12 months.
“Lately, there’s a dialogue in regards to the Europeans and their proposals,” Khamenei mentioned. “My recommendation can be that they shouldn’t be trusted, identical to the US can’t be trusted.”
Germany, France and Britain introduced earlier this month that they’ve established a brand new system so their firms can proceed buying and selling with Iran with out incurring US penalties for doing so.