Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently called the U.S.an enemy while addressing his nation.
Iran's supreme leader will deliver a Friday sermon in Tehran for the first time since 2012, as the Islamic Republic grapples with the fallout from the targeted killing of its top general in a USA airstrike and popular anger at its accidental shootdown of a passenger plane.
Regarding the January 8 Iranian missile attack on two military bases in Iraq that houses United States troops which was in retaliation of Soleimani's death, Khamenei said that Tehran's response "dealt a blow to the American prestige", reports Press TV. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying its missile attack on USA assets in Iraq had been a blow to America's dignity and its status as a superpower.
Vigils for the 176 victims swiftly turned into protests against Iran's rulers.
The lack of American deaths in the strikes was a welcome relief to American officials, who had feared General Soleimani's killing could set off a larger regional conflict.
In killing Qassem Soleimani, he told them the United States had showed its "terrorist nature".
As the economic crisis has worsened, Iran has seen wave after wave of sporadic, leaderless protests.
"But some tried to. portray it in a way to forget the great martyrdom and sacrifice" of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the assassinated head of the foreign operations arm of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
The nation's supreme leader delivered the sermon in the city's main mosque for the first time in eight years.
"His words carry nearly no credibility with an Iranian public who saw him just now impose more sanctions", said Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
And Khamenei warned that USA sanctions imposed in a row over its nuclear program would not make Iran yield. Her admission sparked days of street protests that security forces dispersed with live ammunition and tear gas.
"Our enemies were as happy about the plane crash as we were sad", he said.
Khamenei mocked those efforts, dismissing "these American clowns who falsely and despicably say that they are standing with the Iranian people".
Democrats say there is more the White House can do to send a message to the Iranian people, such as lifting the ban on travel by Iranians to the United States.
All that said, few are predicting the imminent collapse of the Iranian leadership.
Khamenei also lashed out at European powers such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, calling them "the footmen of the US".
It was the likes of Soleimani, not the protesters, who had devoted their lives to Iran, Khamenei said.
Trump has already pulled USA support for the treaty, but Europe has remained on the fence in terms of imposing new sanctions in the hopes of brokering an agreement between Iran and the US. "I think you can expect the president to continue communicating directly with Iranian people". However, he allowed the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani to conclude the deal with President Barack Obama.