KONFRONTASI - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called the US “the embodiment of evil and violence” whose existence relies on encroachment on other countries' sovereignty.
“The US regime is the embodiment of evil and violence; a crisis-maker and a warmonger,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a Friday meeting with a group of Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel in Tehran.
“The US regime’s existence has always … depended on encroachment aimed at securing its own interests,” he said, adding the Iranian nation will keep chanting "Death to America" as long as the United States remains evil.
“The US is the embodiment of evil, but still complains why you chant ‘Death to America’,” the Leader said, referring to US President Donald Trump's remarks about Iran in his State of the Union address Tuesday.
Trump said Iran "chants death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people," adding "We will not avert our eyes from" the Islamic Republic.
“First of all, I should tell the American officials: Death to America means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to American rulers who are currently these individuals,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“Death to America means ‘death’ to you, the few people ruling the country; we don’t mean the American nation,” the Leader said.
“Secondly, the Iranian nation will continue to chant the ‘Death to America’ slogan as long as the US remains evil and wicked,” he added.
[This story is being updated.]