Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians

Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians

By formally accusing Iran of not meeting its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, that complaint triggers a dispute resolution process - and if that fails, United Nations sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, will likely return.

USA officials say the administration needs to avoid any overtures that could draw accusations of foreign meddling - like direct financing - and increase the chances of a violent crackdown on the people it wants to support. Iran's judiciary says arrests have been made over the shootdown of the plane that killed all 176 people on board. It was retweeted nearly 80,000 times.

A decision that confirms the climate of deep tension that reigns in the country, the scene in recent days of numerous protests following the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner by the army in the frantic night of attacks against United States targets in Iraq. The demonstrations have often turned violent, and security forces have responded with force.

Regarding the January 8 Iranian missile attack on two military bases in Iraq that houses USA troops which was in retaliation of Soleimani's death, Khamenei said that Tehran's response "dealt a blow to the American prestige", reports Press TV.

Perhaps more than any other country, it is the Israelis who really feel threatened by Iran and so it's they who watch most carefully.

"We're not looking for regime change or all-out war", said one United States official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook is holding a press briefing on the situation in the Islamic Republic in Washington, DC. During the November protests, tens of thousands of people used those tools to communicate, he added. "America, which is your eldest, your leader and your master, could not bring the Iranian nation to its knees".

"These three countries are the ones who helped Saddam as much as they could in his war against us", he said, referring to the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s.

These incidents have caused public opinion in Iran seesaw between respect for Soleimani as a nationalist figure, and frustration with the ruling clerics over the shoot down as well as constant domestic political and economic stress.

It was the likes of Soleimani, not the protesters, who had devoted their lives to Iran, Khamenei said.

In a speech, Trump had said that no Americans were hurt in the strike, in which at least a dozen missiles were fired.

Rouhani implicitly acknowledged a crisis of confidence in authorities, but called Wednesday for "national unity", better governance and greater pluralism.

There has been no indication yet that Trump is considering doing so.

His latest appearance comes at a tumultuous moment for the country.

"We leave the future of Iran to the Iranian people".

All that said, few are predicting the imminent collapse of the Iranian leadership.

They were mostly his loyalists, but no doubt too, among them, were some who felt compelled to be seen there.

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