Iran’s Supreme Leader: Trump threats fail to frighten the Islamic Republic

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed US President Donald Trump’s warning to Tehran to stop its missile tests, saying the new US President had shown the “real face” of American corruption. In his first speech since Trump’s inauguration, Iran’s supreme leader called on Iranians to respond to Trump’s “threats”, which he said had failed to frighten Iranians, during anniversary celebrations of the Islamic Republic’s 1979 revolution that will be held on Friday. 

 “We are thankful for this person who has arrived (Trump). Our thanks is for making our lives easy as he showed the real face of America. What we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system, this person (Trump) arose during the (U.S.) election campaign, and in period after that, has confirmed it,” said Khamenei.

 Washington responded to the comments by the Iranian leader, warning the Islamic Republic once again, that it should realize that there is a new President in the White House, while reiterating President Trump’s warning that the United States will not sit idly by and let Iran advance in activities that violate international agreements. 

 “I think the president, or the Ayatollah is going to realize that there is a new president in office. This president is not going to sit by and let Iran flout its violations or its apparent violations to the joint agreement. But he will continue to take action as he sees fit. The president’s also made clear time and time again that he’s not going to project what those actions will be and he will not take anything off the table. But I think Iran is kidding itself if they don’t realize that there is a new president in town,” said Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary.

 The exchange of threats between Iran and the United States comes after the Islamic Republic conducted a ballistic missile test on the 29th of January, a missile capable of carrying a nuclear war head, in direct violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231.