Iranian leader celebrates: U.S. has ‘given up’
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to the stage last week to proclaim the U.S. has “given up” on using military force to stop its ambitions and to boast that a worldwide “Islamic Awakening” cannot be stopped.
Speaking on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic who died in 1989, Khamenei issued his first public reaction since U.S. President Barack Obama asserted in a foreign policy speech at West Point that his diplomatic relations with Iran were proving more effective than the threat of military action.
Obama had said that a U.S.-led international coalition has afforded “an opportunity to resolve our differences peacefully” with Iran and, “For the first time in a decade, we have a very real chance of achieving a breakthrough agreement – one that is more effective and durable than what would be achieved through the use of force.”
Khamenei, however, took away a very different conclusion from the negotiation table.
Speaking from a stage decorated with a banner proclaiming “America cannot do a d— thing,” according to a New York Times Report, Khamenei proclaimed on June 4 the U.S. has “given up” on military action.