Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech last week that the United States was his country’s “number one enemy.”
“The American president’s foolish remarks against our people show the depth of America’s hostility towards the entire Iranian nation,” he told a group of students, in reference to Trump’s refusal to certify last month that Iran was in compliance with the nuclear deal.
“America is the number one enemy of our nation,” he noted further.
The U.S. has imposed new sanctions against Iran over its development of longer-range ballistic missiles.
Analyst comment: While the supreme leader’s comments were nothing new and largely for his domestic audience, the statement comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East as Iran seeks to spread its influence throughout the region as the Syrian civil war winds down. That push is putting Tehran closer to conflict with Israel, whose main ally is, of course, the U.S.
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