Ayatollah Khamenei’s Persian New Year speech on state-controlled television highlighted the U.S.’ continued ‘animosity’ towards Iran primarily due to continued economic sanctions. The Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader went on to say,
“From one hand they send a New Year message and on the other hand they have kept economic sanctions [against Iran]. This is enmity.“
He was referring to President Obama and the video message the president made marking the Persian New Year that highlighted the nuclear deal and how Iran will now be able to expand their economy on a global scale. It will create jobs, increase trade and investments, and give Iranians the opportunity to sell their products world wide. Referring to President Obama’s video, Khamenei further opined,
“The United States is severely working not to allow the deal’s results to become beneficial for the Islamic Republic. [The U.S. has] threatened us through other sanctions.“
Khamenei alleges that the U.S. has not met it’s end of the nuclear deal because there are problems with banking transactions and problems with the return of Iranian capital from abroad as well. Khamenei claims that Iran investigated these problems and found that these banking entities ‘fear’ the U.S. and that there’s ‘no guarantee that the next U.S. administration will honor all the commitments made by Obama’s administration.’
Iran has engaged in extremely provocative behavior over the last few months since getting its nuclear deal, meeting with its state-sponsored terror proxies Hamas and Hezbollah, firing two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written in Hebrew on them, and denouncing Israel by committing itself to her demise.
Iran’s complete lack of self awareness is evident in this latest speech by Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, head of the hardliner leadership who is the end-all on all matters dealing with Iran; not even Iranian President Rouhani can override Khamenei’s decisions.
Iran should be reminded how they were put in this situation to begin with, the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 and if were up to the American people as a whole, Iran would never have its nuclear deal or any sanctions lifted for that fact.
What do you think of the Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments and is he justified in saying them? Do you think his remarks signal an increase in Iran’s posturing against the U.S. and state of Israel or is it just all talk? Sound off in the comments below!