Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses US President's warning to Iran to stop its missile tests
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Dubai: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed Donald Trump's warning to Iran 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" on February 10, the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. Trump had tried but failed to frighten Iranians, Khamenei said. "We are thankful to (Trump) for making our life easy as he showed the real face of America," Khamenei told a meeting of military commanders in Tehran, according to his website. The supreme leader, Iran's top authority, also said Trump has "confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years about the political, economic, moral and social corruption in the U.S. ruling system."
Trump responded to a January 29 Iranian missile test by saying "Iran is playing with fire" and slapping fresh sanctions. "No enemy can paralyse the Iranian nation," Khamenei said. "(Trump) says 'you should be afraid of me'. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on February 10 and will show their stance against such threats."
The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons came under fire for saying he was "strongly opposed" to Donald Trump addressing parliament during his upcoming visit. Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi pointed out that the speaker had welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping, and the emir of Kuwait, to speak in parliament.