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Trump has ‘disgraced’ US prestige: Iran’s Khamenei

Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President Donald Trump has "disgraced" US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic. "This new US president... has disgraced the remnant of America´s prestige and that of liberal democracy. America´s hard power, that is to say their economic and military power, is declining too," he said on his Persian Twitter account, quoting a speech in Tehran. A defiant Khamenei dismissed the renewed US sanctions —…

Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi…

Khamenei says war unlikely but urges boosting Iran’s defenses

DUBAI: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defense capacities, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States. On Saturday, Iran announced plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines to boost its defenses following the US pullout from Tehran’s nuclear agreement with world powers. “Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that based…

Iran’s problems ‘internal, not just sanctions’: Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that the country´s economic problems were the result of internal mismanagement by the government and not just US pressure. "Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal," he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account. "Not that sanctions don't have an impact, but the main factor is how we handle them." He referred specifically to the collapse in the currency, which has…

Iran’s Khamenei urges massive vote to bolster regime

TEHRAN: Iran's top two presidential candidates launched a final day of election campaigning Wednesday as the supreme leader called for a massive turnout to bolster the regime against its "enemies". Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested Iran's foes would be deterred from pursuing regime change if they saw voters flock to the ballot boxes in Friday's poll. "American, European officials and those of the Zionist regime are watching our elections to see the level of participation," he said in quotes carried on his Telegram…

Iran will retaliate if US renews sanctions, says Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran will retaliate if the United States renews sanctions next month, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Wednesday. "In the issue of the nuclear deal, the current administration has committed several violations, the latest of which is the renewal of the 10-year sanctions," Khamenei said in a televised speech to thousands of members of the Basij Islamist volunteer militia. "If these sanctions happen, it is absolutely a breach of the JCPOA," he added, referring to last year's deal with world powers…