Coming off on a sarcastic tone, Iranian highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has thanked President Trump for revealing the real face of the United States.
The Iranian Supreme leader said this during an address in Tehran on Tuesday.
“We are thankful to this gentleman … he showed the real face of America,”
The ironic expression came as a reaction to several Trump threats and subsequent travel ban which has sparked a global outrage; but at the moment has been halted by the Judiciary.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he is grateful to Trump for confirming their 30-year old suspicion of a corrupt political system in the United States.
“[It was] what we have said for more than 30 years – that there is political, economic, moral and social corruption in the ruling system of the US. This gentleman came and brought it out into the open in the election and after the election.”
Iran and the United States have never really been best of friends. However they have tried to sustain diplomatic ties between them.
Trump’s exclusionary law was not the first time a US travel ban affected Iran.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter banned Iranian immigrants from entering the US. This was as a result of the 1979 terror incidence where 52 Americans were held hostage by Iranians at the US embassy in Tehran.
Carter severed all diplomatic ties with them; causing the deportation of about 430 Iranians. The ban lasted for a year.
From his campaign days, Trump expressed his utter dismay with Iran’s nuclear deal which he describes as the “worst deal in history”.
In reply to his opinion the Iranian President calls the deal a “win-win” agreement that should be a global sample for mutual agreements on security matters.
“The nuclear talks should be used as an example for other talks for stability and security in the region,”– President Hassan Rouhani
According to Aljazeera, the supreme leader’s recent address will be the first time the supreme leader directly commented on Trump’s criticisms and travel ban using “strong words”.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mocked the US over the brief implementation of the travel ban which saw the detaining of a 5-year old Iranian boy at a US airport.
“By what he does – handcuffing a five-year-old child – he shows the true meaning of American human rights,”
Still maintaining that Trump’s actions represented the real America, Khamenei blamed Obama for “paralysing sanctions” placed on Iran.
He also blamed him for enabling the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group by interfering in Iraq and Syria.
Iran signed an agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from some U.S., European and U.N. economic sanctions.
Come February 10, as Iran commemorates the 1979 Islamic revolution, the supreme leader says the US will be let in on Iran’s stand with the current US administration.
While Khamenei offers his conditional support for the nuclear diplomacy, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thinks Trump may consider a re-negotiation even though the parties involved in the deal may not be up for it.
“I believe Trump may try to renegotiate.. [but] clearly, neither Iran, nor the Europeans or the international community will accept new negotiations,”
Zarif sums it up saying there will be difficult times ahead.