“American officials publicly say they do not seek regime change in Iran. That’s a lie. They wouldn’t hesitate a moment if they could do it,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in a speech to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. “Our stance toward the United States is due to its controlling and meddlesome attitude.” Khamenei added that the U.S. is the “archenemy” of the Islamic Republic. (Fars News Agency/The Guardian, 8 February)
During the speech, considered to be a major speech marking the anniversary of the revolution, Khamenei made no mention of talks between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program or the interim Joint Plan of Action signed last November.
Khamenei also tried to downplay the effect of lifting of the sanctions.
“The solution to our economic problems is not looking out and having the sanctions lifted. My advice to our officials, as ever, is to rely on infinite indigenous potentials,” Khamenei said.
Photo credit: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at the tomb of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Islamic revolution. (AY-Collection/Sipa/Rex/The Guardian)