Iran’s pinnacle leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil

Iran’s pinnacle leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil

Iran’s supreme chief lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, pushing aside “American clowns” who he said faux to guide the Iranian country but choose to stick their “poisoned dagger” into its back.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used his rare appearance at the weekly prayers to supply a fiery address in which he insisted Iran would now not bow to US pressure after months of crushing sanctions and a series of current crises — from the killing of a top Iranian universal to the unintended taking pictures down of a Ukrainian passenger plane.

Khamenei stated the mass funerals for General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike previously this month, exhibit that the Iranian humans guide the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials.

He stated the “cowardly” hit on Soleimani had taken out the most fine commander in the fighting towards the Islamic State group.

In response to Soleimani’s killing, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles concentrated on US troops in Iraq, barring     causing serious injuries. Khamenei said the strike had dealt a “blow to America’s image” as a superpower. two two       two  In the phase of his sermon delivered in Arabic, he said the “real punishment” would be in forcing the US to withdraw from the Middle East.

After the missile strike, as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard braced for an American counterattack that in no way came, it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian jetliner shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s global airport, killing all 176 passengers on board, usually Iranians.

Authorities concealed their function in the tragedy for three days, in the beginning blaming the crash on a technical problem. When it came, their admission of responsibility precipitated days of street protests, which protection forces dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.

Khamenei known as the taking pictures down of the aircraft a “bitter accident” that had saddened Iran as a great deal as it made its enemies happy.