Friday, June 3, 2016

Khamenei slams 'damned and cancerous Zionist regime'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out Friday at the United States, Britain and Israel as the Islamic republic's "main enemies," accusing Washington of procrastinating over the controversial nuclear deal.

"It's the US, the evil Britain, and the damned and cancerous Zionist regime. These are the main enemies," Khamenei said in a televised speech marking the 27th anniversary of the death of his revolutionary predecessor Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Ironically, a report released by the US State Department that same Friday revealed that Iran once again was the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world in 2015.

The supreme leader mentioned the nuclear deal with world powers that came into force in January, and accused Washington of breaking its promises, despite his nation's sanction breaches through ballistic missile tests.

"We sat down and negotiated with the P5+1 group and even separately with the Americans over the nuclear issue," he said during a televised speech to thousands gathered at Khomeini's extravagant mausoleum in southern Tehran.

Khamenei's address was met with chants from the crowd of "Death to America," a common cry during his anti-Western speeches. READ MORE