Khamenei con­demns US for ‘deadly at­tack on Iraq’

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tehran, Iran - Iran’s Supreme Leader on Wed­nes­day strongly con­demned deadly US strikes on Iraq and warned his coun­try was ready to con­front threats af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued one against the Is­lamic repub­lic.

“I and the gov­ern­ment and the na­tion of Iran strongly con­demn this Amer­i­can crime,” Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said in a speech broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion.

They were his first re­marks since Sun­day’s US strikes on the Hashed al-Shaabi para­mil­i­tary net­work in western Iraq.

In a tweet on Tues­day, Trump ac­cused Iran of ‘or­ches­trat­ing’ that day’s storm­ing of the US Em­bassy in Bagh­dad by protesters an­gry at the Amer­i­can airstrikes. Trump said, ‘Iran will be held fully re­spon­si­ble for lives lost, or dam­age in­curred, at any of our fa­cil­i­ties. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warn­ing, it is a Threat’.

In re­sponse, Khamenei retweeted the post and said, “That guy has tweeted that we (the United States) see Iran re­spon­si­ble for the events in Bagh­dad and we will re­spond to Iran.”

“First of all, you can’t do a damn thing! This has noth­ing to do with Iran,” the Supreme Leader said.

“Se­condly, be log­i­cal... The peo­ple of this re­gion hate Amer­ica. Why don’t Amer­i­cans un­der­stand this?” he said.

“You Amer­i­cans have com­mit­ted crimes in Iraq, you have com­mit­ted crimes in Afghanista­n. You have killed peo­ple.”

Khamenei said Iran was ready to re­spond to any threat.

“If the Is­lamic repub­lic de­cides to op­pose or fight against a coun­try, it will do this ex­plic­itly,” he said.

“We are strongly com­mit­ted to the in­ter­ests of our coun­try... We are strongly com­mit­ted to the dig­nity of our na­tion. We are strongly com­mit­ted to the progress and great­ness of the na­tion of Iran. Should any­one threaten these, we will con­front him with­out any hes­i­ta­tion and will strike our blow,” Khamenei said.

Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei

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