Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged alertness in the face of continued enmity by the United States toward Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei called for such alertness in a Tuesday meeting with Iranian students in the capital, Tehran.
According to the Iranian calendar, Wednesday, Aban 13, marks the day when Iranian students took over the US embassy in Tehran, dubbed the “den of espionage,” back in 1979. It has been named the National Day of Fighting Global Arrogance.
In his Tuesday remarks, the Leader said that fighting global arrogance, unlike what certain individuals say, is rooted in wisdom and is based on experience.
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the 1953 coup d’état against former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, and noted the then-premier made a mistake by putting his trust in the US after the Iranian oil industry was nationalized.
The Leader said the US has in recent years been involved in having certain individuals conceal its hostile intentions against Iran; the objective is to hide the real intention of the enemy from Iran so foes can harm the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Some people do that with evil motives, some others out of folly, the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei urged Iranian students to study the documents obtained after the US embassy takeover, noting that those students who seized the embassy found out that it was truly a “den of espionage.”
“The truth is that US’s objectives regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran have not changed at all; and they (the Americans) would not spare a moment if they could destroy the Islamic Republic; but they can’t,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The United States has gradually realized that the reason behind the Iranian nation’s resistance is its religious beliefs, and therefore, has today sought to target these beliefs with new tools, the Leader said.
The Leader pointed to the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries and said enemies employed hostile measures during the talks in the hope that the Iranian nation would no more be able to stand on its feet.
Iran and the P5+1 – the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany – finalized the text of a nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on July 14.
Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic related to its nuclear program.
The Leader emphasized that one should not mistake the enemy for friends with whom we have disagreements.
“The enemy is he seeks to, by employing all of his capabilities, harm the nation and see a puppet government come to power,” the Leader said.
‘Death to US policies’
“The slogan ‘death to America’ is backed by reason and wisdom; and it goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the US’s policies, death to arrogance,” the Leader noted.