US President Donald Trump today warned Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to “be very careful” with the “words” following criticism of the United States in a rare public speech in Tehran.
“The so-called ‘Supreme Leader’ of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, has said some nasty things about the US and Europe,” Trump said on his Twitter account.
“His economy is in crisis, and his people are suffering. He should be very careful with his words,” he said.
Trump, who is in Florida to participate in a fundraising event and spend the weekend, responded to the statements of Khamenei, who called Friday “the unity and cooperation” of Islamic countries against the United States and to the Iranian people not to surrender or trust in Europe.
The Iranian supreme leader delivered the important sermon of Friday’s prayer in Tehran to tens of thousands of people for the first time in eight years and coinciding with a moment of escalating tension with the US. and Europe.
“The way to save yourself is not to be afraid of the enemy,” said Khamenei, who denounced that the US He has tried to “create discords” and “control the countries of the region and their wealth.”
“The greatest punishment (for the US) will be his departure from the region,” Khamenei said, referring to US troops and the objective declared by Iran after the assassination of the powerful General Qasem Soleimaní on January 3.
The assassination of Soleimaní in a US bombing in Baghdad caused a serious crisis between Tehran and Washington and led the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to attack with missiles days later a military base in Iraq with the presence of US troops.
That attack, to which Washington decided to respond with sanctions but not with military actions, was “a hard blow against the US.” which broke “his prestige and arrogance,” according to Khamenei.
“Their negotiations have many pitfalls and reflect their ill will … we cannot trust them,” said the leader in reference to France, the United Kingdom and Germany, who have resorted to the dispute settlement mechanism of the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Khamenei stressed that “the only way of the people is force” because any negotiation must be reached from a strong and not weak position.
The nuclear pact is in question since the U.S. He left it in May 2018 and again imposed sanctions on Iran, which the rest of the signatories (Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany) have failed to counter.
In response, Tehran has gradually reduced its commitments until last January 5 announced that it ceased to comply in practice with the limitations imposed on its atomic program, including uranium enrichment levels.