Iran's Khamenei says some US officials are 'first-class idiots'

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump previous year pulled out of an worldwide pact on Iran's nuclear program and re-imposed sanctions meant to scupper Tehran's oil exports, curb its missile program and clip its regional influence.

"A while ago, a USA politician had said, among a gathering of terrorists and thugs, that he hopes to celebrate this Christmas in Tehran", Khamenei outlined, according to his Twitter feed.

"The Americans happily say that these sanctions are unprecedented in history".

"Some American statesmen pretend to be irrational", the Leader said, adding, "Of course, I do not think this is the case but they are truly first-class idiots".

Khamenei lambasted US officials' approach to Iran as irrational, saying: "They are first-class idiots".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with people of Qom, in Teheran, Iran, January 9, 2019.

This has included national-security adviser John Bolton who often speaks at gatherings of the exiled People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) opposition group, considered a terrorist movement by Tehran's leaders. However, Trump's decision last year to withdraw from the nuclear deal has seen the 79-year-old cleric grow increasingly critical.

The measures have hit Iran's economy hard.

In 2017, Khamenei dismissed remarks by Trump calling Iran a "terrorist" nation as "idiotic".

Khamenei's comments were unusually crude, reflecting increasing tensions between Iran and Washington after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

"The body of this man, Trump, will turn to ashes and become the food of the worms and ants, while the Islamic Republic continues to stand", Khamenei said at the time.

Khamenei's comments Wednesday came as Pompeo visited Iraq.

The remarks were delivered from Iran's religious capital Qom in commemoration of the 1978 riots against the Pahlavi Monarchy. They would spiral into the nationwide demonstration that saw the shah leave Iran and give rise to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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