Iranian cleric threatens to “take the resistance to the world stage”, vowing “Death to America”
In this sermon delivered in Tehran on Friday, prominent regime cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami suggested that all Western nations are untrustworthy and threatened that Iran would “take the resistance to the world stage” in response to US President Donald Trump’s withdrawing the USA from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, vowing “Death to America.”
Khatami, a close confidante of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the crowd of regime loyalists, “The enemies of the religion are all the same ‘Infidelity is all one religion.’ To say No to the U.S. but Yes to the EU means the lesson has not been learnt. We must learn the lesson. Insofar as not fulfilling obligations goes, the EU and America are pretty much the same. The Supreme Leader has set a deadline. This deadline is a couple of weeks away. If they compensate for it [for the U.S pulling out of the JCPOA deal], then fine. Otherwise the people will not remain in this contract. With our wise leader, our nation will overcome all difficulties. Death to America!
In his speech, Trump told at least ten lies against the Iranian nation. He made a lot of insults. He made a lot of accusations. The response to these nonsensical statements – in the leader’s [Khamenei’s] words – is ‘Mr. Trump, you can’t do a damn thing!’ And by God’s grace, we will take the resistance to the world stage. In this regard, the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran will increase its missile capability to deprive Israel, this occupation regime, from sleeping at nights so that they will have this nightmare continuously in front of their eyes, so that if they commit any foolishness we will annihilate Tel Aviv and Haifa. This is Tehran, the heart of the Islamic Republic of Iran and these people unanimously shout, more gloriously than ever, ‘Death to America!’ The camp of Trump’s supporters in the region are: the Zionist regime [Israel], Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Director-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council. You have disgraced yourselves by collaborating with the Zionist regime. This stain cannot be cleaned. And I warn you that if any incident takes place in the region, you will be sacrificed by America. Just as America looted your wealth, it will also plunder your lives!”
Khatami then moves on to talking about the recent election in Lebanon and the success of the Lebanese proxy group Hezbollah: “The second topic is Lebanon’s Hezbollah victory in parliamentary elections and the resistance movement including the March 8 Alliance in Lebanon was a major victory for the resistance movement, which brought sorrow and mourning for the executioner Saudi regime the Korah of the region that spent massive money to prevent this incident from happening but, thanks to God, this incident has occurred and it made the popular standing of the resistance movement in Lebanon to be fixed, and I congratulate the Lebanese people and the Mujahid leader of Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah and the President and Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament”.
Khatami then talks about Syria, where Iran’s regime has now been supporting the war by Bashar al Assad against the people for seven years, specifically recent Israeli air raids which targeted Iranian military facilities there, claiming that the regime targeted settlements in the Israeli-occupied Golan region, “turning them into ghost towns”: “The third topic is the issue of Syria’s response to the Zionist regime’s offensive, the country of Syria, which has been involved in war for seven years, but bravely and courageously defied the Zionist regime’s movements by firing missiles at the Zionist settlements, turning them into ghost towns. Thanks to you and May God give you the strength and may God bless you with more victories.”