Iran's Khamenei Attacks 'American Clowns' While Holding a Gun During Friday Prayer

Cheryl Sanders
January 17, 2020

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatolllah Ali Khamenei will lead the Friday prayers here for the first time since 2012, which comes in the wake of widespread protests over the January 8 downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by an Iranian missile.

"While no USA service members were killed in the January 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad airbase, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed", Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for United States Central Command, said in a statement. The fact that a power, a nation, has the spiritual forces to respond to the greatest power of intimidation in the world with such a slap in the face, it shows the divine hand, the hand of God, "said the Supreme Guide".

During his speech, Khamenei mocked USA officials as "American clowns" and criticized France, Germany and the United Kingdom as "lackeys" of the U.S. that can't be trusted.

One of the main concerns voiced by Democrats is that the Trump administration took action in Iran without the consultation of Congress. Throughout the war, an estimated 7,500 Iranian military and civilians were killed by Iraqi troops using chemical weapons. "Just yesterday, I read news reports that German Defense Minister [Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer] confirmed the rumors that before this letter was written by the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, the Americans put forward an ultimatum to them, threatening to impose 25-percent duties on cars and other products, if these three countries did not abandon the JCPOA and did not speak in favor of a new treaty that would suit the United States", Lavrov revealed.

In a speech, Mr Trump had actually stated that no Americans were hurt in the strike, in which a minimum of a lots projectiles were discharged.

Before admitting last Friday that it shot down the plane, Iran had repeatedly obfuscated the truth, claiming that a technical error led to the crash.

"These contemptible governments are waiting to bring the Iranian nation to its knees", Khamenei said.

It was the likes of Soleimani, not the protesters, who had devoted their lives to Iran, Khamenei said.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have steadily escalated since Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord, which had imposed restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of worldwide sanctions. Trump has openly encouraged the protesters - even tweeting in Farsi - hoping that the protests and the sanctions will bring about fundamental change in a longtime adversary.

"These American clowns who lie and say they are with the Iranian people should see who the Iranian people are", he said on Friday. "You're lying", Khamenei said.

Iran's supreme leader called Trump a "clown" and said the USA president is preparing to stab Iranians in the back with a "poisonous dagger". Since Trump's withdrawal, he has repeatedly said there can be no negotiations with the United States.

Khamenei delivers Friday sermons only at times of serious crisis that require his intervention.

While the administration emphasizes that it stands by the Iranian people, heavy US sanctions reimposed by Trump have hastened the economy's deterioration and worsened economic conditions for ordinary Iranians, experts say.

Krauss reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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