On January 8th, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made an address broadcast on national television, following missile attacks on US bases in Iraq.
“A slap was delivered last night, but what is important is that the seditious presence of America in the region should be ended,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He further said that his country was very well equipped in the face of the global bullying powers.
“It is a very blatant mistake that some people think if they take a step back, the Americans will stop their hostility.”
He praised Iraq for voting to expel foreign troops, and primarily US troops from the country.
“The Americans want Iraq to be like the former idolatrous regime in Iran or Saudi Arabia today – a region full of oil to be under their control so they can do whatever they want – a milking cow in the words of that individual,” he said, referring to US President Donald Trump.
The US, according to Khamenei had similar plans for Lebanon, but Hezbollah had become too strong and refused to allow it.
“Thank God, Hezbollah has become stronger day by day and today, both Lebanon’s hands and eyes are Hezbollah and the role of our martyr [Gen. Soleimani] is paramount and outstanding,” he said.
Notably, Khamenei said that the missile attacks on US bases were only the first step of Tehran’s response, thus there is likely to be more ways in which the Islamic Republic will respond in the coming days and weeks.
Also on the morning of January 8th, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces warned that the missile attacks were simply a warning to the US.
He said the attacks on the American forces in Iraq revealed only a tiny part of the capabilities of the Iranian Armed Forces and was carried out in response to the US terrorist move to assassinate General Soleimani.
“From now on, any new evil act by the US will face a stronger and more crushing response with a broader range,” he said.
“The time has come for the evil authorities of the United States to realize the Islamic Republic of Iran’s capabilities in a greater extent of global geography, adopt a principled approach, and pull the forces of their terrorist army out of the region as soon as possible,” Baqeri underlined.
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